The Geller Effect
B y Gu y Ly o n P l a y f a i r a n d Ur i
PART ONE by Guy Lyon Playfair PART TWO by Uri Geller PART THREE by Guy Lyon Playfair

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'The scientific community has been put on notice "that there is something worthy of their attention and scrutiny" in the possibilities of extra-sensory perception. With those words the respected British journal Nature called on scientists to join - or refute - millions of non-scientists who believe human consciousness has more capabilities for real perception than the five senses.' New York Times editorial The nearest I have come to influencing living things is making seeds germinate, which I have done twice on television recently . . . As with so many things I have done, the original idea was not mine. It came from the astronaut Edgar Mitchell, shortly after we first met in 1972. We were sitting and chatting with Dr Wilbur Franklin, when Mitchell suddenly produced a seed and asked me if I could make it germinate while he held it in his own hand. I just stared at his hand and concentrated on making the seed sprout. When it did, Mitchell and Franklin were delighted, but I was not. In fact, the experience scared me stiff . . . I dedicate this book to my very close family Hanna, Natalie, Daniel, Muti and Shipi U.G.

1 In All Directions
'Look,' said Uri. 'This is what I do.' He took the small coffee spoon I had brought with me and held the tip of the bowl between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand, with the underside of the bowl facing upwards, and began to stroke the stem lightly with the forefinger of his left hand. I looked, as instructed. I looked as carefully as I have ever looked at anything. I had been waiting more than ten years for my first private audience with this controversial Israeli, who had divided much of the world into two bitterly opposed camps, one of which claimed him to be the greatest demonstrator of paranormal or psychic power in history, the other insisting he was just an unusually smart magician. I had never managed to decide which was right, and felt it was time that I did. It was undoubtedly my spoon. I had received it, together with an identical one, as a free offer from a Dutch coffee company a few weeks previously, and I did not take my eyes off it from the moment I handed it to him until he gave it back to me three or four minutes later. He was not wearing a watch, I noticed, or a ring, or a belt, and the copper bracelet on his right arm was well beyond the reach of the end of the spoon. The more obvious ways of spoon-bending by sleight-ofhand were thus ruled out. There were others, and I was ready for them. 'Did you bring a camera?' he asked, after some more rubbing of my spoon with his left forefinger.

Aha, I said to myself. Misdirection. While I am fumbling in my bag for my camera and adjusting the speed and shutter opening, he is going to make some very quick movements and bend the spoon by muscle power, not psychic power. This is what sceptical friends had assured me he would do if given the chance. I did not give him the chance. My eyes remained on the spoon as I reached down for my camera. The semiautomatic Olympus XA did not need adjusting, and at this range of five or six feet I had no need to look through the viewfinder. I held the camera in front of my nose, looked over the top of the viewfinder, and started clicking at once. The light was perfect: Uri was facing the huge window of his apartment overlooking Hyde Park at treetop level, and there was nobody else in the room with us. I had been warned that Uri never kept still for long, but liked to move around quickly and confuse people. However, he was certainly sitting still now, on his exercise bicycle. 'I need a heavy workout every day, or I lose my powers,' he had explained, and he had been pedalling vigorously for ten minutes or so before offering to demonstrate those powers for me. Earlier that day, he told me, he had run twice around the park as usual. 'It's bending already!' he exclaimed, after I had taken my second photograph. I said nothing, and took a third. Then he stopped pedalling, put his left hand on his hip, and held the spoon up almost at shoulder level. 'Now it'll go on bending until it has reached ninety degrees,' he assured me. The spoon had unquestionably bent already, but I could not say for certain that he had not helped it along with his fingers. In fact I had no intention of saying anything at all for certain until I had developed my film, made enlargements and placed my protractor on them. I took two more pictures. Uri made no suspicious movement of any kind and did not try to misdirect me in any way. Then, about three minutes after I had handed him my spoon, he gave it back to me. Later that day, after a couple of hours in my darkroom, I was able to verify that the angle of bend in the spoon had increased from the fourth to the fifth picture although Uri's right hand had not moved and the position of the fingers of his left hand had not altered. I also noticed that the spoon had continued to bend slightly after I had taken the last shot. I was impressed. Immediately after his demonstration of apparent psychokinesis, or physical movement caused by the mind, Uri offered to show me another of his powers in action: telepathy. He asked me to draw something in my notebook, and then to try to project it into his mind. I had seen magicians do this and knew some of their techniques, so I decided to do some misdirection of my own. I held my notebook parallel to my chest and made several movements with my pen that bore no relation to what I drew, adding a few scratches with my thumbnail for good measure. That, I reckoned, would make it difficult for him to guess what I was drawing by watching the top of my pen or by listening to the sounds it made on the paper. What I eventually drew, after Uri had become rather impatient and asked me to hurry up, was a very small head with a three-pointed crown on it. While I was doing so he turned away from me and put a hand over his eyes. Then he turned back to face me. 'Now look at me and send me what you've drawn,' he said, giving me a piercing stare with his large and almost black eyes. I did not feel inclined to look at those eyes for long. I thought I knew a potentially powerful hypnotist when I saw one, having met several while researching the book on hypnotism I had just completed, and had no doubt that I was looking at one now. So as I mentally redrew my royal

Before I could try to find out. picked up his own notepad and made some rapid scribbles on it before handing it to me. so I tried again. Whether what he did was conjuring or psychic interaction with a spoon and a mind -both mine . it was said. surprised. it was not right. As he had said. or not completely so. and so on. and finally one that was plainly meant to be a cat's head with two pointed ears. The only thing I had ever written on him. though a suspicion lurked in my mind. incidentally) and a drawing had been at least partially reproduced without any obviously normal methods being used. which will be mentioned later. A sceptical magician friend had seriously suggested to me that Geller might be able to induce temporary unconsciousness just by staring at people. A spoon had bent (upwards. eyes and whiskers. Here was the world's most controversial celebrity on my doorstep . 'You see. Nor had he used any of the magicians' tricks that are just as obvious to somebody who knows what to look for. I was a little apprehensive about approaching him directly. was not very flattering. The cat's head was remarkably similar to my human one both in size and shape. I lost touch with him. or. most of which were not very complimentary: he had lost his powers. When I heard early in 1985 that he had come to live in England. it was close-up work of a very high order. . he had been unmasked. level with the top and bottom of each head. 'what I do is real. I was not sure which. 'If you measure these with a millimetre ruler.and inviting me to come and see him. and was he now trying to make a comeback? . are all that are needed. I was. he had gone into hiding. His psychic powers looked real enough to me. though.' he said. There were some interesting similarities between our two drawings. he had somehow or other made a lot of money. a tiny pencil attached to the thumbnail. one with four lines protruding outwards. 'I don't think it's right. and the past few years all I had heard about him were rumours.' he said.' I did measure them later.' he said. Like many was evidently real. I also saw his drawing before he saw mine. I had no difficulty in satisfying myself that he was not using one. which I am sure it is not.head I kept my eyes moving slowly. and we had several friends in common. 'you'll find they are exactly the same size. rather. It was clear to me by the middle of the decade that he was either the world's greatest psychic or its greatest magician. he had fled to Mexico. At the same time. Then one day in April he telephoned me out of the blue. Otherwise. Uri took my pen and made two marks on each of our drawings. we had never actually met. Did he need publicity so badly that he had to ask writers to come and see him. He then leaned forward. I was impressed. 'but it's all I got. I had followed his career fairly closely since he had first become well known outside Israel in the early seventies.' I had no reason to disagree. He had drawn three circles. from his rented apartment just a few minutes' walk from mine.' he said.' In this kind of experiment it is essential that you see your subject's drawing before he sees yours. and another circle below for its body. 'I'm not getting it. to say the least. I wondered? Had he really lost his powers. I accepted gladly. this would be as interesting as anything else he claims to be able to do. And yet . . and I had put together a large file on him in the hope that I would be able to write something about him one day. a few quick strokes with a 'thumb writer'. Although Uri and I had first corresponded with each other more than ten years previously. one with what looked like a single cat's ear. If this was sleight-of-hand. and they were. If true. Again.

I would write a separate section in which I put Uri's story into the context of current psychical research and dealt with the questions he could not answer impartially. and read everything the debunkers have said as well as the opinions of your supporters. I would hope. I had reached what the writer Renee Haynes has called the boggle threshold. received no reply.A brochure on the porter's desk at his apartment block informed me that apartments were available for rents of '£800 a week' and more. The porter buzzed a number. I hope so. but merely stating a simple truth. or whether perhaps some were and others were not. 'Well.' I told him. He greeted me like a long-lost brother. especially since I made it clear that I could not allow any censorship of my part. 'Go ahead. I reflected that there had to be something Uri could do and do very well. 'People always used to ask me. In view of this. the point at which the mind cannot handle any more information on a given subject. I'm looking for gold. I thought to myself when I had said this. After a brief discussion. I felt. whether they were or not. and instead begins to reel. while I acted as questioner. that he was preparing a sequel to his 1975 autobiography My Story. even correcting my typographical and spelling mistakes as meticulously as any copy editor I have known. we agreed on how we might arrange the book. although he was welcome to correct errors of fact. He did not have to be telepathic to learn that I was indeed interested in writing something about him. such as 'Is he genuine? If he is. At least. .' He went on to fill in the gaps in my file. over the literary grapevine. At length I asked him.' If this fellow is a magician. (In the event. Then I had to eat my words.' he replied immediately. I had heard. I felt he was genuinely interested and not merely curious. in his own words. he's going to show me to the door right now. which . It was settled. when we first met. and even one or two heads of state. he contributed as much to my part as I did to his. 'Maybe you and I should work together. I had not made up my mind. he expresses himself very fluently and precisely in it. editor and research coordinator. why aren't you a millionaire?"' he concluded. with only occasional lapses into the syntax of his first two . As I swished upwards in the lift. 'What does it all mean?' The last question could. what I was working on then. Uri showed me one of his spare bedrooms.' he said. I want to go right through your files from start to finish. and where I lived. and immediately wanted to know how my books were doing.' Yes? Mr Geller and his family had rented two of them! His weekly rent came to about the same as my total outgoings for a year. 'and before that . of a multinational corporation. He would then read the transcripts and amend them where necessary.Hungarian and Hebrew. 'What have you been doing lately?' 'Right now.) 'I can't come to a conclusion after a single demonstration of spoon-bending or mind-reading. "If you're so psychic. Then I'll be able to form a conclusion. As I made clear to him at the start of our collaboration. 'except that I want to know more about you. or most of them. I felt it was a considerable act of faith on his part to ask me to work with him. an intelligence agency. what then? Why do so many people insist that he is not?' and. to a tape recorder. 'I'll try the other apartment. bringing in one name after another. and he had already been there for two or three months. . after running the gauntlet of the security guards. now I am!' He was not showing off.' he said. only be tackled if I was satisfied that Uri's psychic abilities were indeed real. Before very long. and remarked. He would tell his story. We discussed our mutual friends and brought each other up to date on their activities. of course. Although English is only his third language.

during which he was wounded in action. Cyprus. including the clairvoyants Eileen Garrett. As he described in his book Uri (1974). with the support of the Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Hungary. 'The rest of it is coming over in the container. would take me at least a year. It was like the end of Citizen Kane. it will need a whole team of writers and researchers. Harry Stone and Peter Hurkos. It could already fill one. He went on to become a combination of manager. magazines. one of his specialities being the development of miniature deaf-aids. Israel (then Palestine). He even received an unexpected testimonial from Prime Minister Golda Meir. This was Dr Andrija Puharich (MD). perhaps twenty or thirty years from now. 'I don't know. huge index files. he was sufficiently impressed by what he saw in Israel to arrange for Geller to visit the United States. Geller had become one of the most sought-after entertainers in the country. maybe. in which Itzhak Geller served with the Jewish Brigade of the Eighth Army. helpfully. returning to Israel at the age of seventeen. like the Harry Price Collection at London University. By then. laser physicists Dr Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ carried out six weeks of tests at the end of 1972 .was jammed from wall to wall with packing cases. audio and video tapes. I reckoned. His parents had fled their former homeland. and to undergo a lengthy series of scientific tests in a number of laboratories in the USA and Europe. Readers were told that 'all of Israel's magicians have assembled for a witch-hunt'.' Controversy surrounded him almost as soon as he set foot on the public stage. He was born on 20 December 1946 in Tel Aviv. This enterprising youngster. The most exhaustive of these took place at Stanford Research Institute in California (later renamed SRI International. In August 1971 a researcher as controversial as Uri himself arrived in Israel after hearing from a friend. she replied. when the contents of Xanadu are arranged on the floor for that classic travelling crane shot. agent.' said Uri. When it does come. the material will be housed in a library department of its own. and there were many occasions on which Uri seemed to be able to read her mind. He served as a paratrooper during his military service in the Israeli Army and fought in the Six Day war of 1967. then aged fourteen. Ask Uri Geller. where he met Shipi Shtrang. In little more than a year. business adviser and partner. his mother recalls a soup spoon bending and breaking in his hand when he was four. There were newspapers. arranged Uri's first public performance of psychic powers in a Tel Aviv school hall in 1969. film cans. and the Brazilian healer Arigo. where his mother took him following her separation from his father. professional colleague and eventually brother-inlaw. On 20 October 1970. books. and several years of work. He spent six years there. shortly before the Second World War. Uri's unusual abilities showed themselves at a very early age. and referred to in this book as 'Stanford' or 'SRI'). about Uri's purported psychic skills. their quarry being 'this telepathic impostor'. posters. To go through it all. There. He then worked as an instructor in a youth camp. an inventor and medical researcher with impeccable scientific qualifications and a long string of patents to his name. and heaven only knows what else. He went to school in Tel Aviv. Asked by a reporter what she saw for the future of Israel. the popular weekly magazine Haolam Hazeh printed his photograph on its cover beside the headline URI GELLER A CHEAT. Another was the study of unusually gifted people. the late Itzhak Bentov (who was killed in the 1979 Chicago air disaster). and Uri has not even reached his fortieth birthday. and after a year on a kibbutz he entered Terra Santa College in Nicosia. I decided that the time had not yet come for the full authorized biography of Uri Geller.

Hawke. After following up a total of 137 case reports. Professor John G. Professor John B. and concluded 'that there is enough evidence to suggest that the Uri Geller Effect exists and is genuine'. and both transmitting and receiving drawings or words by telepathy. during which he was credited with such feats as bringing an escalator in a department store to a standstill. Alan Price. There were also countless examples of what was to become his standard repertoire of cutlery-bending. In 1974 and 1975. whereby Uri would act as a catalyst for all kinds of strange occurrences in people's homes. R. Some of these were documented live in the SRI film Experiments with Uri Geller (1973) and were later published in the leading scientific journal Nature (18 October 1974). a qualified physicist from Columbia University and author of three textbooks and a number of popular works. the Geller Effect was making itself felt all over the world. In the latter year. France. <moss1. chairman of the physics department at Kent State University. Taylor of King's College (also London). carried out the first study by a professional of Geller's metal-bending (and metal-fracturing) abilities. Professor A. Dr E. the late Dr Wilbur Franklin.and a further eight days in August 1973. and Ronald S. Their findings will be discussed later in this book. which Uri visited on three separate occasions during that year. further laboratory experiments in metal-bending were carried out by US Navy research physicist Eldon Byrd of the Naval Surface Weapons Center in Maryland. California. Hasted. Throughout this period. Geller toured South Africa. In October 1973. research physicist at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. and by Dr Albert Ducrocq. who for a time was science writer for Newsweek magazine. Although the research was not conducted on Center premises. G. now head of the department of mathematics at Toronto University. Each of these books contained first-hand accounts of the controversy that surrounded the SRI research even before it was made public. Geller spent much of the year 1974 as a laboratory guinea-pig. with appearances on the BBC's Jimmy Young (radio) and David . and even halting a cable-car in mid-air. University of London. Byrd later learned to bend metal paranormally himself. Detailed popular accounts of them can be found in Targ and Puthoff's book Mind-Reach (1977) and in John Wilhelm's The Search for Superman (1976). Owen. His investigators. all of whom concluded that his psychic powers were real. included: Dr Thomas P. he was also studied by psychologist Dr Thelma Moss. who later retracted his positive findings. and which was still continuing more than twelve years later. making numerous public appearances and four radio broadcasts. It began on Uri's visit to West Germany in 1972. a researcher at the INSERM Telemetry Laboratories at Foch Hospital in Suresnes. Also in 1972. Byrd's highly positive report was reviewed by his peers at the establishment. all of whom produced positive reports on their findings. In July and August 1974. Geller found time to be personally tested by four magicians. causing broken watches to start ticking. head of the physics department of Birkbeck College. Dr Price wrote a lengthy report that included a mass of documentation and statistical analysis. and became the first paper of its kind to be released with the approval of the Department of Defense. a former senior radiologist at Johannesburg General Hospital. Ohio. It continued in England. All of the above research was collected and published in The Geller Papers (1976) edited by Charles Panati. carried out a field study of the already famous 'Geller Effect'.htm> of University College at Los Angeles. Coohill. and to teach others to do the same. associate professor of physics at Western Kentucky University.

had little effect except to add to his publicity. devoting no less than sixteen pages of its 17 October 1974 issue (and its cover) to a feature on 'Uri Geller and Science' that was plainly timed to coincide with the paper already mentioned. the stage of selfexploration. Inevitably. Even the appearance of a book by a magician named James Randi. There were furious debates between scientists who thought the Geller Effect deserved further study. On 22 March 1974. and he plainly loved every minute of it. We have both provided all the dates and references we could find. although we have to confess that we never did get through all those boxes. just as it failed again when it was revised and reissued in 1982 under the title The Truth About Uri Geller. By 1976. he has had no opportunity to try to explore that inner space in which his powers probably originate. Geller displayed an ability unmatched since the films of the Marx Brothers for inducing instant chaos. for a time it appeared to follow the example of Stephen Leacock's character who 'flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions'. In short.Dimbleby (television) programmes in November 1973 leading to a spate of media publicity of the kind given a decade earlier to the Beatles. if ever. There were lively news conferences at which reporters would see spoons bending in their own hands. Wilson was right. New Zealand. Gellermania replaced Beatlemania. there has been some overlap. Latin America and also every major country in Europe. Uri Geller is in an ideal position to test the truth of the assertion that psychic powers can be increased by inner discipline. feel keys curling up inside their closed fists. which was published in Nature the following day. and until now we have never known why. like a psychic hurricane. and sceptics who insisted with increasing desperation that Uri was just a naughty magician pretending to be psychic. watch Uri reproducing something they had just drawn (or merely thought of). We have both done our best to arrange the following account of those years from 1975 in chronological order. 'Does Uri Geller have psychic powers?' Ninety-five per cent replied YES. entitled The Magic of Uri Geller (1975). Japan. Uri's career had already changed course. almost as suddenly as it had started three or four years previously. Even the normally sober and sensible New Scientist joined in the fun. . Indeed. and by the end of the year in which it was published (1975) there was no knowing when Gellermania would come to an end. and then return to their desks in a state of mental turmoil only to find that they could not unlock them because their keys no longer fitted. or of a spoon or a fork suddenly performing a spontaneous twist. There was to be a period of self-exploration. as it was clearly meant to do. while at the same time attempting to sort it into chapters that concentrate on certain features of it. where it was a case of more of the same. the Daily Mail published the results of a poll in which its readers had been asked. It failed to demolish the Geller legend. Yet it did end. and led to requests from all over the world for promotion tours. The Geller Effect spread to Scandinavia. Uri was often almost literally in several places at once. will provide him with that opportunity . though it was not to come for another three or four years. since throughout the period covered. There were equally lively radio and television programmes during which switchboards would jam as listeners or viewers phoned in to report yet another case of a long-dead watch or clock coming back to life. Uri's own book My Story was translated into thirteen languages. . Australia. The next stage of his career. although they were certain that Geller had never touched them. through South Africa. . One possible reason was suggested by Colin Wilson in The Geller Phenomenon (1976): In a life of constant travel and performance. Gellermania swept on.

you'd better tell me very quickly.'What was it that sent you off in new directions?' I asked Uri on our first joint working day.told you. and a voice told me in broken English that Senora de Lopez Portillo was in the hotel. I decided to agree with him. and saw what looked like a military parade heading for me. I can't cancel my flight now. 'Look. because there is a very important person coming to see you. This is a serious matter. and was on her way to see me.' he went on.' he said. and the president's wife.' 'Look. 'I'm sorry.or his wife . to leave me face to face with Senora Carmen Romano de Lopez Portillo. They marched up to my room and halted. 'Uri. 'Well. but he would have none of it. There must have been at least twenty of them. really. I had better stay.' he interrupted sternly. who made the decisions.' P To by U G art w ri eller 2 This is Mexico The porter had already started to take our luggage out to the taxi that was waiting to drive us to the airport. .' I made some hasty excuse or other. 'That's as good a way as any to start a book. . It was a solid mass of army and police uniforms.' I said. A few minutes later. and I had developed a taste for tortillas and guacamole. the television company for which I had done a major broadcast the previous evening.whoomp. and you did whatever he . Shipi and I should have checked out of the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City and been on our way back to New York after an extensive book promotion tour for the Spanish-language edition of My Story.' I said. She was not at all what I had been expecting. 'don't leave the hotel.' I wondered what on earth he was talking about. listen to me very carefully. There was a nice swimming pool at the hotel.' 'Please. and found that my next engagement was not for ten days. I peered round the door. (I was not a vegetarian in those days. It had all happened so quickly that I had still not fully realized who my unexpected visitor was when I heard the rhythmic thump of feet . A president-elect was equally important. So we stay another day . 'It was a telephone call.' he replied.what's the big deal?' I had loved my first trip to Mexico. whoomp in the corridor. Then they stood aside. Raul.' I replied. 'Go on . and one of her aides just called me to say that she would like to meet you. but I can't wait for anybody. 'This is Mexico. whoomp. 'I'm calling you to tell you something very important. You have to do what I tell you. He thought for a moment. crash helmets and walkie-talkies. I had seen her husband's photograph on enormous . 'or I'll miss my flight.) I had visions of what might happen if I disobeyed Raul's order. He quickly checked the diary. 'we'll meet her and we'll take a flight tomorrow. 'You'd better stay. The caller was Raul Astor.' He went on to explain that in his country it was the president. Almost as soon as Raul hung up. the head of Televisa. Shipi and I had the fastest conference of our lives.' I looked at my watch. I was having a final check through the drawers and wardrobes in my room when the telephone rang.' 'Uri. like the Red Sea being parted by Moses. 'The wife of the president-elect of Mexico saw you on our programme. the telephone rang again.' he began.

Then she showed me her husband's private study. You must stay in Mexico!' It was an order. Instead. in good English. I had it refitted in the same way. and she wanted me to know all about her. and I believe in them. finally pulling up at a modern art-deco villa standing in about an acre of land and surrounded by a high fence. We talked for two hours. 'You come to my house. while she sat back calmly with her walkie-talkie. her background. We were surrounded. surrounded by motorcycles with sirens wailing. as minister of finance. 'I saw your television show.posters all over the city put up by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). grey-haired and discreetly dressed. all I could see at first was a mass of pianos. Her Ford LTD had been fitted with all kinds of special compartments for radios. I could see that the area around the pool was already swarming with yet more uniformed men. Through the window.' she began excitedly. I expected her to say goodbye and leave. she got up. but instead she gave me another order.and oh. she told me. He was not at home. Our presidential motorcade swept out of town and into the suburbs. the party that had effectively run Mexico and chosen its presidents for nearly fifty years. she might have been a mature but well-preserved actress. With her curly black hair.' she exclaimed. She wanted to know everything about me.his spoon bent . and only then. She wore a very colourful and sexy dress. We shook hands. I saw a very exotic and beautiful woman. and she came into my room. Now. music cassettes. you were fantastico! My God. notepads. who had studied with the great Horowitz. firmly in command of her entourage. of all shapes and sizes. and her feelings about God. but at his office where he was serving the outgoing president. pens and pencils and make-up boxes. at the Bellas Artes. many of which were also strewn over the rear window-ledge. I told her that my best friend was the distinguished American concert pianist Byron Janis. and lost no time in letting me know why she had come to see me. She held out her hand towards me.' Driving through the streets of Mexico City with the wife of the president-elect was an experience unlike any I had previously had. and introduced me to her mother. leaving her alone with Shipi and me. which was crammed with books. one of the men promptly stepped forward and closed the door behind her. with high-heeled shoes and plenty of make-up. and my son . . did it dawn on me just who she was and what she represented. To my surprise. planted herself on my bed. 'you know Byron Janis? He must come and play for Mexico. a most lovable lady who received me very graciously. huge green cat's eyes and dazzling smile. 'Oh. after all the commotion of this military-style invasion. tape recorders. She ignored the chair I offered her. Luiz Echeverria. We tore through the traffic. I was holding my watch and it started working. her family. and later I counted at least twelve. Several police cars were parked by the gate.' She showed me around the whole house. There were more of them all over the house. Her gorgeous cat's eyes lit up. I'm so interested in these things. When she led me into her living-room. religion and just about all the mysteries of life from flying saucers to bent spoons. to remind me of hers. all my life I've wanted to meet somebody like you. and had studied with a well-known American. She was a pianist. When I got my custom-built Cadillac later. constantly sending out messages. 'It was incredible! You know. I expected the wife of this distinguished and intelligent-looking man to be elderly. At last. modern and antique. not an invitation.

whose English was perfect. she simply had that kind of power. she got. with no tie. . he added. I realize how lucky I was to have missed that flight to New York. To describe Senora de Lopez Portillo as having a strong personality would be an understatement. As I already knew. We made polite conversation for a few minutes with Pepito. 'Excuse me. looking back today on what they led to. but in his home rather than here. an amateur astronomer with a keen interest in the scientific research that had already been done into my abilities. just like that. Before the end of that long and bewildering day. Once I have done one. she announced that we were to go out to dinner with some of her friends. and before long it started to bend. Secretaries and bodyguards then crowded into the office for a little light relief from the cares of state. Jose Lopez Portillo. I was struck by the contrast between his elaborate security system. he kept in good shape by running a mile a day. 'Don't bend anything in this office. a bent spoon is a kind of visiting card or proof of identity. but she was not one of them. He hoped we would meet again.' he said with a laugh as we shook hands. and normally I produce it only once. Some Latin Americans forget their promises the day after they make them. and the following day she duly introduced me to her three children: her teenage daughters Carmen and Paulina and her son Jose Ramon . Senor Lopez Portillo said he was very pleased that I was in Mexico. It takes at least half an hour for me to refill my energy pool. As Pepito took me into his office. Despite his initial order to me not to bend anything. with guards and policemen all over the place. occasionally helping his father to find the right word. he promptly sent for a spoon.Although I stayed with her all afternoon. and when I offered to give him a demonstration there and then. much to everybody's surprise and pleasure. . I am not in the right psychological state to do another. wearing a typical Mexican embroidered white shirt. the third to thirty. had had a distinguished career as a lawyer and professor of political science at Mexico's National University before taking charge of the country's finances.known to his family and friends as Pepito. I believe that the physical and mental energies that I need are stored. He was sitting at an ordinary table. With me. whatever she wanted. Eventually. As we walked into the restaurant. and the fourth would not bend at all. Senor Presidente. the clatter of cutlery stopped and there was dead silence. then aged fifty-five. The president-elect sat and stared. I had a feeling that this was what he rather hoped I would do.' . I held the spoon and stroked it. I wanted to explain to him that I could not bend one after the other. I learned that she had plans for me and. swimming. just as I always do. we had little opportunity for more than polite conversation. for we were constantly interrupted as officials and servants hurried in and out with papers and documents. He was a very bright and intelligent young fellow in his early twenties. I had noticed that the first one would go to ninety degrees as usual. but the second would only go to sixty. and the simplicity of both his personal appearance and his furniture. and I use up nearly all of them every time I bend something.' I began. but he had heard a lot about it and gathered that it had made quite an impression on a number of people in addition to his own family. Then he told somebody to go and fetch another spoon. It was not that she was the wife of the president-to-be. 'but I cannot . and battering his punch-bag. Arrangements were promptly made for me to visit the president-elect. On the rare occasions when I had been obliged to bend several things in a short time. he had not seen my television show himself. Despite his age.

sometimes one of them will take the spoon and immediately bend it back into shape by normal means. and also perform an unexpected service for him. So before I had fully recovered from my surprise at being taken to meet a man who was to be head of a major state. Mr President. with its shining floor and elegant but unpretentious Mexican furniture and decor. I'm the top man around here. every time I have bent a spoon in front of people who are at the top of their professions. no. prime ministers. 'I will do it!' I have noticed several interesting things in connection with my spoon-bending.' he interrupted. use your psychic powers. so perhaps this was considered an acceptable form of dress even in the presence of the head of state? I hoped so. which was a welcome contrast to the noise of the journey. and I thought he must be joking. I said to myself hurriedly. as she asked me to call her. demonstrate some telepathy. I did not even own a suit. I had never seen a photograph of Echeverria. the Mexican White House. I often fail to oblige . so why can't I do this too? Lopez Portillo was no more successful than any of the others. If there are negatively-minded people around. The silence was broken as the huge wooden door swung open. I can try. but the first thing he said to me was. Like most Israelis. 'Could you find oil for us?' He said it with a smile. I had another uneasy moment. On the other hand. telling the president through his interpreter how honoured I was to be invited to see him. he suddenly handed me an old watch. At least. I thought. This seemed to work. they seem to be thinking. during which time I managed to bend a spoon. I was treated once again to one of those hair-raising motorcades.' As I will explain later. I think he really wanted that spoon to bend. He probably thought I was also joking when I replied. which she subsequently did. no. At one point. There were several men sitting around. realizing that I probably ought to be wearing a tie. but none of them sat behind what looked like the presidential desk. They always want to do the same themselves straight away. *** I was duly invited to his home for the second time in as many days. 'Of course. I was shown into the huge and spotlessly clean vestibule of this magnificent building. though I can't guarantee anything. I spent about twenty-five minutes in the president's office. Suddenly. whether they are presidents. and this time my destination was Los Pinos. It was absolutely silent. on 1 December 1976. Lopez Portillo had been wearing an open shirt.'No. made two more promises. but simply because I feel I do not have to prove anything to anybody. and the other was to introduce me to President Echeverria. as if trying to pretend that it never happened. and at that time I do not think I even had one. and then usually nothing happens. There. telling me that it had not worked for ages and asking . and I was ushered into the presidential office. I am an anti-tie person. If it does. and had simply no idea which of them he was. Even if they do not tell me they are sceptical I seem to pick it up telepathically. generals or chairmen of boards. I began to feel a bit under-decorated myself. and on this occasion my new friend Muncy. Okay. and for heaven's sake go up to the right man. neither of us was in fact joking. Geller. with a good-natured laugh. here I was on my way to meet a man who already was one. He kept stroking his spoon for several minutes until he gave up. and how much I had come to like his country in the short time I had been there. I expected some equally formal reply.not because I cannot. their reaction is quite different. One was to send me an invitation to her husband's inauguration. for I did manage to get it right. Well.

including brigada and bomba. for I like to go to sleep with a clear conscience. I seemed to have become a fairly influential person in Mexico. The show went ahead as planned. Muncy was not satisfied with that explanation.first-class. I did not. and my book was selling well.' I was assured. Anyway. without trying at all. with swimming pool and all. but I was no millionaire. Moreover. and this led to the opening of all kinds of doors. Somebody telephoned me at my hotel and spoke in rapid Spanish. and there was even a line of them in front of the stage. If I was corrupt by nature. 'Only the chairman of the board has that kind of card. I was making a reasonable living with my demonstration-lectures and television shows. I managed to do so. Word soon spread around that I was a close friend of the Lopez Portillo family. felt that by being nice to me he was setting up a useful hot line to the president's ear. for my book was due to be published in a dozen languages. I signed a contract whereby I was to promote the airline worldwide. I told her I was honoured and grateful to her. I was offered the free use of a really splendid triplex penthouse in the plush Zona Rosa district. which I did with the help of T-shirts I had imprinted with the slogan 'Uri Geller Flies Aeromexico' and later wore on several major television shows. for I already felt at home in her country and would like to spend as much time there as I could. When I repeated the few words I had been able to catch. and promotion tours in a number of countries had already been arranged. although I would come back to Mexico as soon as I could. facing the audience and holding their machine-guns in a way that suggested they were quite prepared to use them. as yet. ignoring my protests that I hardly knew a word of the language. and I duly received the precious card. democratic or not. where I would be given a card entitling me to free travel . however. For example. who arranged for me to do a show at very short notice in the largest theatre in town. privilege and wealth. who sent a couple of her security guards over straight away with strict orders to look after me. I was contacted by Rene Leon. she simply ordered me to go along to the offices of Aeromexico. where she expressed her wishes in eloquent Spanish. In fact within a very short time of my first arrival in the country I had things that some people .if I could make it tick. On this occasion. they obeyed their orders. I promptly called Muncy. She got into her car and drove me back to the office. and soon afterwards she made it clear to me that she would like me to settle in Mexico for good. there was an unpleasant incident of a kind that people who become well known have to learn to live with. they turned rather pale. The owner. one of Mexico's top impresarios. I believe. of course . Luckily. but when I walked on to the stage all I could see at first was a mass of blue uniforms. On the morning of the day the show was to take place. I could not yet afford to hop on a plane every time I felt like it. Even so. but there were problems. 'Come with me!' she said. In exchange. Muncy. Mexico is a democratic country. I could certainly have celebrated my thirtieth birthday by retiring to a life of luxury. I was later told that there were even light tanks patrolling the streets outside while I was giving my show. and left him and his colleagues with plenty to think about after my brief audience. had a unique way of solving problems. I didn't believe it. it does help if you know the right people. which I managed to do successfully in spite of the heavy police presence for which Muncy had been responsible. I had several commitments. There must have been two or three policemen for every member of the public. as I knew by now. as is the case in every country I know of. Nor did the person I spoke to at the company's headquarters.on any of their flights to anywhere in the world. She was delighted by the show. All the same. Shortly after this.

and although I have never established permanent residence anywhere since I left Israel in 1972. One morning. It was somewhat different when I arrived in December 1976 for the inauguration of President Lopez Portillo: on that occasion I was given the full red-carpet treatment as soon as I stepped off the plane. such as when ex-president Echeverria had asked me if I could find oil: 'I can try. and it is not surprising that rumours gradually began to spread that I was something . and a selection of them will be mentioned in due course. using all the power of concentration I could manage. Wham! The arrow slammed right into the centre of the target. On another occasion. Like anybody else. As far as Muncy was concerned. my attitude was much the same as it always is when I am faced with a new challenge. and she began to tell me about her most intimate troubles and worries. I was as amazed as the president was. One of his favourite ways of relaxing was to shoot his bow and arrow on the lawn at Los Pinos. So I came to know personally everybody who was anybody in the top echelon of national government.' I took the bow and arrow and tried. she had her fair share. of which despite her wealth and position. I was invited there again. Pepito was more impressed by this episode. flying into Mexico City's Benito Juarez airport came to feel like returning home. and I will never forget how I felt when Muncy spotted me in the audience at the ceremony and waved at me from her seat beside the man who was about to take over the country's highest office. The very next day.have to work all their lives to obtain. They always make a more lasting impression than anything I do in public or in a laboratory. although he did pass on the information. so I was fairly useless as a team player. I had a very disturbing dream. and I had the strong impression that Lopez Portillo was nearby and was in danger.' I replied truthfully. than by all my demonstrations of metal-bending and mind-reading. and still occur regularly today. and begged him to ask his father to take extra care. Spontaneous incidents of this kind have happened all my life. I gave the president himself a spontaneous demonstration of mind-power at work. I do not think he took me very seriously. My mind went back to my school days in Israel. For some time to come. I was in a position to get anything I might want. It soon became clear that. for I had never fired a bow and arrow in my life and could not even hold the thing properly. she needed somebody to confide in. 'I certainly can't do it any other way. and one day he asked me if I could direct an arrow into the bull's eye by psychic means. in spite of my height. when for a time I had become quite famous for my skill at basketball: I was a terrible player. I could fill the rest of this book with accounts of these incidents. However. I could do this only if there was nobody near me. if I could remember them all. though. We became real friends. time after time. from the half-way mark. I telephoned Pepito right away. told him about the dream. It was of a huge fire breaking out somewhere. where there always seems to be somebody around who says (later) that I must have been cheating. to meet the entire cabinet and give a demonstration of my abilities. Shortly after the new president and his family moved into Los Pinos. like Muncy. as they have done and do in the presence of most of my close friends. such as unlimited air travel facilities and a free home. I was to shuttle back and forth between my new home and my professional commitments in other countries. I had no need to convince her of anything. I think. but my speciality was to throw the ball right into the net. not to mention what to almost any Mexican is the ultimate status symbol: direct access to the First Family. a major-fire did break out in a hall shortly before the president was due to speak there.

aha . with her usual enthusiasm. and wherever she went she was surrounded by official photographers working on behalf of the National Archives. I could hardly blame the rumour-mongers. 'Let's do it!' she said at once. however. she would have her bodyguard ask the band to play one of those romantic mariachi numbers.that is. so I explained that it was a kind of 'wall of death' routine in which we would be flying upside-down for a time as the plane made a full rotation on its longitudinal axis. to my total horror. I felt she was overdoing it. both engines had become 'inoperable' and had stopped. Not all my experiences in that Sabreliner were as enjoyable as this one. So she did. 'Is that an order from you to the captain?' I asked. 'How would you like to make a slow barrel roll?' I asked her. and waited for her to pause and look at me. I loved flying in those days. as we did regularly. and during the flight we ran into a sudden hailstorm. lights started flashing and alarm signals ringing. I went back to sit beside Muncy. I went around with her quite openly all the time.we like it'. Her reply was typical of her. As it did so. She knew where to draw the line. which the chief pilot felt obliged to confirm personally. During the flight. and then. she would sit and gaze at me as if trying to tell the world she was in love with me. On another occasion. For some reason .' I had noticed more jaws dropping than usual at nearby tables. 'Shipi. or our special private song which went 'That's the way . 'By all means. 'if you want me around you've just got to stop acting like this. and we were both fortunate that the Mexican press treats its public figures with considerably more respect than is the case in most countries. for she was too proud of her family. Two large red squares lit up to show the words ENGINE INOP.' she replied imperiously. she invited Shipi and me to join her for a flight on the presidential Sabreliner jet.' I said. Muncy also thought it sounded like fun. 'You know. after giving me some technical details. 'these planes are built like fighters. who was making notes on her pad for her next public speech. whereupon he pulled up the nose and over went the twin-engine Sabreliner on its back. and when we were flying the right way up again I noticed that one of the pilots had taken the opportunity to give us a physics lesson: before going into the roll.' I said.' the chief pilot remarked casually.more than a family friend. her husband's position and her country to risk a major scandal. When we went out to a restaurant. but he said it was strictly against aviation regulations. especially in the field of welfare.' I thought it would be fun to do one. One evening. She looked puzzled. After becoming First Lady. I turned round. we're going down. The plane began to leap up and down like a leaf caught in a gust of wind. She called me and announced that the plane was waiting for me. and as she saw it she had a right to enjoy herself in her own way after a hard day's work. Muncy. he calmly poured himself a glass of water and held it in one hand throughout the operation without spilling a drop.aha. she tackled her responsibilities. I've heard of American pilots making a slow barrel roll in them. and a trip on a Sabreliner is something few people get a chance to enjoy. which I am sure its manufacturers never intended it to do. I went forward to talk to the two pilots. No relationship could have been less clandestine than ours. Muncy enjoyed the experience as much as I did.' I really believed it. Shipi came along for the ride. 'We're dead. Muncy was away from home and decided she wanted to see me right away. The pilots just sat there without saying a word. One day. 'I don't care!' You did not argue with Muncy. I passed on the order. 'Look.

and I felt there was something on his mind that was important to him.' I assumed he had recognized me from one of my stage or television shows. I will never underestimate a Mexican pilot. 'Well. help us! It was all over as suddenly as it had started. and looked harmless. We could only meet in the evenings. Can I invite you for a drink?' His attitude was friendly and relaxed. and not in the least pushy.' he said. they did not die out altogether. although. This in turn meant that I was seen less often with her. not far from my borrowed penthouse. (It would also have proved nothing -there is a store on 42nd Street in New York where you can buy . pleasantly. apparently quite unaware of my state of panic. I was frequently out of the country on book promotion tours or television engagements. which I had taken off during the flight. This is it. I asked him how he knew about my work at SRI. Mike strolled into my life. When we had ordered. but I said that was not necessary. involved in intelligence work. People often expect me to know everything about everybody I meet. He was in his midforties or fifties. as I was to discover to my cost. I was soon to learn that these had come to the attention of at least one person who took a serious professional interest in them. I told him that I did not drink. 'You're Uri Geller. when a man came and stood beside me. She had become involved in a number of social and welfare committees and projects that kept her fully occupied during the daytime.' he replied. and when I was back in Mexico I liked to take things easy. both engines came back to life and the pilots regained control. Then he was silent for a moment. 3 A Shopping List I was doing some lazy window shopping in the Zona Rosa. 'Hi. I tried to put on my shoes. but would be happy to have a cup of coffee with him.' I wondered who 'we' might be.I never understood. So I began to slow down. which he soon did. and I did not have to work every day as I had during the first two or three years of my career. he took off his Ray-Ban Pilot sun-glasses and put them carefully in their case. God. I saw less of Muncy after her husband's inauguration than I had before it. We were out of the storm. I waited for him to get to the point. 'I really would like to talk to you about something you might find interesting. when she liked to relax at the ballet or a concert or enjoy a slap-up meal in a restaurant. and although the local gossips no longer seemed interested in my connections with the presidential family. 'Oh. 'we know a lot about you. So it was that. so the rumours surrounding our supposed relationship began to die down. My bank account was growing nicely. and why they found me of such interest. one sunny morning. and peering at some phoney-looking jewellery. I guessed. I forget his exact words. at least not with me.' he went on. I said to myself. I closed my eyes and prayed as hard as I could. as I should have guessed. but telepathy does not work like that. I suppose I was ready for a change. I was curious. He was. of which there is plenty to be found in Mexico City. He offered to show me some identification. I know about the work you did at Stanford Research Institute. Inevitably. and sat at a table. I said yes. We headed for the nearest coffee shop. but 'intelligence' was definitely one of them. He struck me as a knowledgeable man with a genuine interest in parapsychology. I was.

he said. So we thought perhaps you might be able to help us with your powers. 'What I'm asking you for is your help.' he said as soon as we met. I could also use you in that capacity. although it could be that Israeli intelligence simply wanted to be kept up to date on the latest research into me.) We went on chatting for an hour or so. The first was a reference to a videotape made during my stay at SRI. There must have been some very high-level pressure to release or obtain any such report. at a fast-food place not far from my apartment. reading minds and seeing inside sealed boxes to erasing computer tapes. and maybe we can help you. It was. 'There are certain fields in which we are interested where we are always coming up against brick walls. both military and industrial. by accomplishing certain things that we can't do. Cuban influence in Central America. 'Yes. 'No. capitalism. Mike. on which a watch can be seen materializing out of the air. and no doubt there was an exchange of favours involved. and the special part played by the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City. . but instead he launched into a classroom lecture on communism. (In 1985. Mikhail Muzankov. equally casually. He telephoned me about ten days later and asked if we could meet. as if I had interrupted a well-rehearsed speech.' I asked him to give me an example. It was a leading centre of espionage against the United States and Canada. one of their largest anywhere in the world. Then he casually dropped a couple of remarks that seemed to establish his credentials better than any card would have done. from the USA.' 'Like what?' I asked. 'There are a good many things we would like to know that we don't know. . was believed to be in charge of revolutionary and terrorist activities in the whole of the Americas. of which there has never been any mention in public and never will be. and not many people knew about it. ' 'Give me your pen. no. I learned for the first time that SRI scientists had been given an Israeli intelligence report on me. as he asked me to call him.' I said. Then he mentioned. I had an engagement that evening. 'Wait a minute. then. do you realize just how influential you have become in this country?' It was no time for false modesty. and it was reckoned that at least half of the 300 people who worked there (six times as many as the number of Mexicans in their Moscow embassy) had received special KGB training in the stealing of secrets.' he concluded. made a note of my home telephone number and said he would like to meet me again some time. I can list a few. that 'we' even knew about some work I had done some time previously. This sequence was not included in the film of some of my work that was shown publicly.' I said. Uri.' he went on. Don't write anything down. Nothing specific was said. again without being more specific. 'Well.) He went on to talk about my usual repertoire. I asked him how my influence with the president's family could be of any help.' He held up a hand.' I was definitely intrigued. but what I felt he was trying to convey to me was 'Maybe you can help us. There are other fields in which we could use your help.all the identification you like. 'quite apart from your psychic powers. 'Another thing. and told him I would not be able to stay for long. from bending spoons. The current KGB boss. and I'll write them down. the strategic importance of Mexico.

Uri. At our third meeting. I cannot remember what the picture was. 'I'm throwing the ball into your court.' 'What makes you think I'm different?' 'We know more about you. and I never heard from him again. it works. but I could try. believed in its potential. There was a very small group of CIA agents who were well informed on parapsychological matters.' he said. DC. but they leave the possibility open: what if it's real? That's why the Mossad is what it is. no.' he began. 'It finds needles in haystacks. My friend was given an account of the experiment by the 'scientist'. or "the Company".' he said. as we call it. 'If it works. He then said he had drawn a picture on his pad and was looking at it. 'You choose what you can do best. and that he had pro-Israeli sympathies himself. don't discuss what I am telling you on the telephone. all that was wasted were a few hours. and I had no-intention of showing up late for my engagement.' I was beginning to wonder just what we were talking about.' he replied.' Again. let me tell you something about the Central Intelligence Agency. who by then had left the CIA. which made him sound quite pleased. and wanted to know if I could demonstrate my telepathic abilities right then. Although I did not know it at the time. How? Because it tries everything. The former agent said that he had no doubt that my abilities were genuine. Its people can be ninety-nine point nine per cent sure that there's nothing in so-called psychic functioning. and no official 'agency authorization' involved. 'Israel has the finest intelligence service in the world. perhaps to see if I had anything to tell him about the Mossad. 'Oh no. in his usual relaxed and friendly way. 'There are people in this community who would like people like you to work for them. I had already had direct contact with a member of the CIA. the Jewish self-defence organization. But. There was no need for their superiors to know.' said Mike. and were quite prepared to make use of it on their own account. One day. not long after my arrival in the USA in 1972.' Time was running short. he said there were certain things I could do for him. I gave him my usual answer to this kind of request: I didn't know. Several years later. having done thousands of experiments of this kind. I received a telephone call in New York from a man who introduced himself as a scientist from Washington. Most of us ridicule the whole psychic scene. 'You mean you want me to help you with my influence. 'and if it doesn't work. He then changed the subject abruptly. and what you would like to do first.' It was the first time either of us had mentioned the CIA by name.' .Again he held up a hand. he explained. Now we're talking about your powers. 'And Uri. We arranged to meet again soon. but before I could ask what they were he was off on another lecture. Now. in fact. We're not pressing you. over the long-distance phone. Then he mentioned that he had an older friend who had been a member of Haganah.' He paused. and several of his colleagues who had been keeping a close watch on my career agreed with him. but spelled it out in full. a friend of mine happened to meet the man concerned. this was an individual matter and no such orders had come from the top. 'There are a few people in this community who are totally devoted to going all the way in intelligence gathering. and also with my psychic powers?' I asked. because we've had bad experiences in the past with people like you. and don't let your friends know about it either. Mike at last got down to business. and I noticed that he did not use the initials. 'Which is more important to you?' 'Both. Could I tell him what it was? I immediately told him what I thought it was. when we would get down to the details of this famous shopping list.

it would have looked something like this: If I was to be driven round the block where the Soviet Embassy was located. would I be prepared to take as my guest a certain girl to whom he would introduce me.' he said earnestly. He was in some kind of import-export business. Mike then asked me if I could obtain invitations for him to attend receptions and parties at the Eastern bloc embassies. Mike returned to a topic that was clearly of great personal interest to . The next item struck me as exceptionally optimistic. 'The president's wife has a close friendship with a certain person.' said Mike. Its neutral position had become somewhat distorted. and we would really like that friendship to be terminated. by making use of my access to the president.Cuba.Had either of us written down the shopping list he then read me. 'two Soviet diplomats board a certain Aeromexico flight with diplomatic pouches handcuffed to their wrists. and wanted me to do something about it. and asked me again to take my time before attempting to deliver any of the items. I wondered for a moment if he really meant it.000 miles of frontier with the United States and was in addition located right on the back doorstep of Latin America's first communist state .' he said eagerly. and the American government was becoming increasingly concerned at the Soviet presence in a country the other side of the world from the Soviet Union. Mike was unhappy about this state of affairs.' He became more specific. he did. Uri. a country that also shared more than 1. Then he came to his second shopping list. would I be able to describe certain things in certain parts of the building? Could I locate the computer room? Could I erase certain tapes there? Could I 'read' the number of a combination lock? Could I name the ranks and duties of people seen entering or leaving the building? Could I crack codes? Could I predict espionage drops? He seemed particularly interested in the last item. This was the Mexican one. and was based in Europe. It was quite a list. He was not a Mexican.' He named the man. He prefaced the list with another of his mini-lecture-briefings. whom I knew as one of many who seemed anxious to cultivate relations with Muncy. I could just imagine Muncy's reaction if I had shown up with a 'girlfriend' on my arm at a function to which she had secured me an invitation! That was not very smart thinking on his part. and had a Russian or at least a Slavonic-sounding surname. and it began by stressing that although Mexico was a democracy. try to make him appreciate that he is allowing his country to be used as a base for hostile operations against the United States. and there was even more of it to come. 'Get real close to the president. This was of the things he wanted me to do by normal rather than paranormal means. Mike did not seem offended. it was not as anti-communist as it could be. that is to say. 'Talk to him as much as you can. with which it did virtually no trade at all. Having delivered his shopping lists. if I managed to get myself invited? I told him to cross that item off his list right away. He just laughed and moved on to yet another item: could I make a drone (a small remote-controlled pilotless aircraft) go off course? I said I thought that sounded like something I was more ready to try. 'Let's drive out to a field one day and do it. and some we don't. philosophize with him. 'On certain dates that we know. and as we shall see later. Failing that. Could you tell us what's in those pouches whether it's papers. software or whatever? Would you be able to switch the bags for us?' I told him I thought this was completely crazy and unnecessarily dangerous as well. computer parts.

there had been no mention of payment for my services by either of us. and I could understand why Mike was so anxious to make use of my relationship with the family of the current president.him: parapsychology. 'What kind of US visa do you have?' he asked. Shortly afterwards I went up to the Marine guard and said I had an appointment with Mr Morris. I was in Tom Morris's office. I preferred to walk whenever I could. and he had probably guessed. An 'indefinite multiple' stamp in my passport would mean an end to that for ever. The Americans had done me a 'favour'. so now I would do one for them. 'If there's anything you need from us. Mike knew that I was earning a good living. He had heard a lot about me. Behind him. explaining that I could not work properly with somebody breathing down my neck.but that of a man at the American Embassy whom I will call Tom Morris. This one was on the Mexican system of government. It was the son of ex-president Echeverria. He seemed genuinely concerned by the fact that his own government had no serious commitment to research into it. that I could hardly refuse a few favours to a country that had done so much in the past to help my own homeland. where the secretary immediately recognized me and asked me to come with her to the main embassy lobby. Anyway. I turned down the offer of a car and driver. just as Mike had done. he said. I could see those familiar lines of applicants for US entry visas snaking around the huge hall of the Consular Section. you really are out. . who now had to wait his turn just like anybody else. When you are out of office in Mexico. It was not his own . Yes. once out of office he had next to none.but only as long as he remained in office. there it was. where the Soviet Embassy was located. He hoped that I could be instrumental in correcting this imbalance to some degree. Without further delay he helped me fill in a form. and had bought a copy of My Story. He would not be at the top for ever. I learned a good deal about how things were run in a country that. and handed this and my passport to an assistant. although he did not go into any detail. I could not wait to find the page with the fresh stamp on it: 'Valid for Multiple Applications for Entry Until Indefinitely'. the powerful Partido Revolucionario Institucional. feel free to call this number. though ostensibly a Western-style democracy. and the subtle interrelationships between them. as I still do. correctly. who took them away. without waiting for me to reply. just as I thought our meeting had come to an end. (As I had just seen.) The assistant returned with my passport. I recognized one of the people standing patiently in line. After a short wait. which he had found very interesting. he started to give me a talk. was to all intents and purposes a one-party state in which the president of the day had the powers of an absolute monarch .' said Mike. and I wondered if it was really possible that I would never have to join them again. whereas the Soviets were known to take the subject very seriously indeed. As an Israeli citizen who made frequent visits to the United States. It was clever timing on his part. as they had done ever since the dust had settled after the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. The Marine directed me to a desk at the side of the hall. which was wonderfully quiet and empty. All this time.I never did know either his number or even his real name . So Shipi and I set off for a stroll along the Calzada de Tacubaya on the western edge of town. the presidency. I had spent several whole mornings of my life standing in line at US consulates all over the world in order to obtain a re-entry visa. To my astonishment. Then. He seemed very pleased to see me. Maybe he was psychic himself? He had certainly mentioned something that was often on my mind.

According to the official version. I picked up a good many impressions. Mike picked me up in a large station-wagon. They soon found out who he was and what he had been up to. though. This seemed to be a pet project of his.' There was at least one occasion. as they are known. making hasty scribbles and sketches on pieces of paper and stuffing them in my pocket without trying to figure out what they might mean. I cannot say. where the two Americans unpacked their gear. and on 6 January 1977 he made his last. As one of my friends in the intelligence community put it later. with such explanation as I could provide. and was able to alert the US authorities. of course. he was arrested on suspicion of having murdered a Mexican policeman some time previously. One morning. he turned to me. they would have been fascinated to see two grown-ups putting together a huge model aeroplane with bright red and yellow lines painted on it. He did not tell me.I had never tried to obtain information from the inside of a building before. so as to make sure that it flew in a straight line when required. and when this happens I know I have picked up the right message. . They would probably not have known that RPVs (remotely powered vehicles). 'If you're any good. I passed these on to Mike. We drove out of town and stopped beside a large empty field. of whether I could make a drone go off course. Mike had brought up the subject. on which he foolishly threw a piece of paper through the railings and was promptly arrested by the Mexican police. They would have envied the fellow who held the little black box and turned knobs to make the plane take off. and in this case I can be either right or wrong. turn in a wide circle and then come in to land right beside him. I was told nothing at all. If you're no good. there's no need for you to know how you're doing. Jack and Mike held several more test flights to make sure everything was in order. that I had strolled into centre stage of one of the major spy dramas of the century. They had it make a number of straight passes directly over our heads. Sometimes these impressions are very clear. and I thought it sounded like more fun than gazing over the high wall of the Soviet compound at a row of barred windows. I had done plenty of each. and stay on my screen for several seconds. An American Embassy official just happened to be in the Soviet Embassy at the time on a courtesy call. and on a number of similar strolls around the large block over the following couple of weeks. When Mike was satisfied that the drone was performing as it should. Whether my information had anything to do with this episode or not. in which one of the chief actors was a Californian drug-pusher named Daulton Lee. or fade. On this occasion. from one side of the field to the other. Officially. Lee had made several visits to the Soviet Embassy in 1975 and 1976. however. who is now serving a life sentence for his part in selling details to the Soviets of the ultra-top-secret Rhyolite and Argus communications satellites. He was particularly interested in what I had to tell him about espionage drops. already mentioned. so we agreed to try it. who was introduced to me as 'Jack'. although it did strike me as odd that the Mexican police seemed to be ready and waiting for the spy who could not of course be arrested by the Americans in a foreign country. as is invariably the case with an affair of this kind. but I saw no reason why it should be more difficult than any other exercise in either telepathy or clairvoyance. What we were playing with was no toy. then we don't use you any more. Sometimes they come and go. I noted them down as they came. and my usual practice was to visualize a blank screen in my mind and wait for a word or an image to take shape on it. when I was able to see immediate results. are already in use by the military of several countries. He had a colleague with him. the back of which was crammed with all kinds of boxes and packages. If there had been any children around.

the little plane began visibly to drift off course by several degrees. which also came from the Mexicans. I was as pleased as they were. I had a good look all round it and caught sight of a large pile of books under the counter. as I always am when I succeed in a new type of task. All he wanted me to do was visit a certain street market and try to locate a stall that was thought to be connected with illegal political activity of some kind. I was never invited to go drone-flying again. It was also reassuring for me to get instant confirmation that I had done exactly what I had been trying to do. He was particularly curious to know what the president of Mexico and his wife were doing and saying. I repeated my shouted instructions to go left. explaining in a rather imprecise way that the time might come when I would need a safe place to stay. I repeated my procedure as requested. and it was nothing compared with what was to come. stared first at his knobs and switches and then at the drone in disbelief.'Now. both he and Jack began to jump up and down like high school kids at a ball game. and it reminded me that the only way to see if something can be done. We all reckoned that our outing had been a partial success.' said Mike. His briefing was very vague. Tom Morris. The plane flew on in a dead straight line until it was almost out of sight. yet I succeeded again and again in making it drift to the left. 'Now make it go to the right. instead of in my borrowed penthouse. He had a fairly modest rented house that was nothing like the place I was living in. and once again it went left. It may. and the home of a foreign diplomat was as safe as you could hope . is to go ahead and try. not to mention Shipi or any friends I might want to invite to stay. Still no luck. As for the Americans. and what countries they were planning to visit. This led to a conflict of interests. 'Hey. you've done it!' they cried. Mike brought it back and we tried again. who never let go of his control box and never allowed me anywhere near it. however unusual it may seem. Then.quite enough to make it miss its destination. 'knock it off course . but from a Mexican member of the president's security corps. Yet Tom was quite insistent. I was suddenly asked by Tom Morris one day if I would like to stay in his house on my future visits to Mexico. however. maybe between five and ten . This was intelligence-gathering at a very low level. and was dealing in more than fruit or vegetables. Mike had the drone make another overhead the left. I was equally unsuccessful in getting it to go up or down. before I received any more requests from them. and as it turned out my next intelligence assignment came not from the Americans. however. there you go! Whoopee. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung. on the other hand. required reading in those days for followers of the Chinese form of communism.' I concentrated hard and shouted out loud 'Go left!' Immediately.' he said. one of which I could see was the famous 'little red book'. which looked just like all the others. and since he had a wife and a servant there was not much room for me. and I never passed on any personal information about any of its members. Had Mike simply been putting my powers to a simple test? I suspect that he was really more interested in what my counterparts in the Soviet bloc were capable of. of course. and I kept coming back to one particular stall. seemed more interested in my normal talents. I had no intention of spying on a family that treated me as a friend. have had something to do with the next request for my services. Mike. in bending the president's ear whenever I had the chance about the Soviet presence in Mexico. I saw no harm. but nothing happened. They immediately wanted me to do it again. I duly went to the market and strolled around it several times.

the Morris family residence became my new home base whenever I was in Mexico. He was a dowser himself. Tom struck me as somebody who had a good reason for whatever he did or whatever he wanted me to do. he joined the Rio Tinto-Zinc Corporation. of which he eventually became chairman and chief executive. but all his friends called him Val. So I took a last dip in my private rooftop pool in the Zona Rosa and packed my belongings. and when he was knighted he chose to be known as Sir Val Duncan. however.for in Mexico City. and he would like to show me . They looked for whatever they were asked to look for. It is a fairly simple way of knowing who is where at a given time. After the war. His name was John Norman Valette Duncan. it was him I had to thank for that 'indefinite multiple' stamp in my passport. I had a vague idea that dowsers were crazy people who wandered around with bits of wood in their hands. 'Do you know anything about dowsing?' he asked. and he had been present when I was invited to Los Pinos to give my demonstration to President Lopez Portillo and his colleagues in the government. He explained that I had already shown that I could dowse on a small scale when I had identified objects inside closed boxes and cans at SRI. he took me aside for a private chat. It was more than a social event. looking for water. From then on. director-general of the stateowned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos. He was born in 1913. I asked Sir Val to tell me what he had in mind. 'I think you could be a dowser. I found this to be standard practice in intelligence circles (although I do not know that Tom had any connection with the CIA). and that dowsers did not look only for water. I was not even sure what the word meant. the Washington department that handles all diplomatic mail. and before I describe it I have to go back a few years and introduce the man who was originally responsible for setting my career on its new course. which had made life so much easier for me. one of many to which I was invited after my appearances on the Jimmy Young and David Dimbleby shows for the BBC had splashed my name all over the British newspapers. 4 New Directions One day I received a social invitation from Jorge Diaz Serrano. and served in the Second World War on the staff of General (later Field Marshal Viscount) Montgomery. and the way my lectures and television shows were going led me to think that my fortune might even reach six figures one day. 'Why don't you start making money?' I was surprised.' he went on. a five-figure bank account makes you feel fairly secure. he told me. so I agreed to both his requests. or Pemex. also finding time to become a director of both British Petroleum and the Bank of England. I should send them to the APO. If you come from a family as hard up as mine was. I thought this was what I was doing. Soon after we had been introduced. and quite often they found it. We met at a party in 1973. whose job made him one of the most influential people in the country. Tom also asked me if in future I would send him postcards whenever I travelled anywhere. It also gave him cabinet rank. 'How much longer are you going to run around the world performing in front of audiences?' he asked. just any card with a simple message of greeting and no more. for whom my father also served in a more humble capacity as a sergeant in the Jewish Brigade attached to the Eighth Army. After all. Later.

by the way. at the age of sixty-two. and he told me that he had tried to interest the board of Rio Tinto-Zinc in making use of my services. and when I had finished my tour he invited me to come and see him. He promptly invited me to come and stay at his home on the island of Majorca: the company jet was at my disposal. is the daughter of Gary Cooper. if I could find his wedding ring. inside or underneath whatever my finger led me to. Then. My hand felt like one of those magnets. At his beautiful house in the Mediterranean. and pointed to one specific location. he began to pass on what he knew as a father would to a son. and told him she thought he should get in touch with me. who. and this feeling meant that I was getting warm. which you cannot do because they seem to bounce off each other. like a kind of human Geiger counter. Then I was brought back and asked to find it. but I had never thought of it as dowsing. I put aside the pendulum and the twig and walked up and down the room where the hidden object was with my hands outstretched. but sadly nothing was to come of any of them. promptly telephoned a friend of hers named Clive Menell. He duly did so. It never occurred to me to ask for a contract or any form of payment. He would. so I spread out my hands and moved them around in the air above the map until I felt that magnetic sensation on one of my palms. He explained that there was no reason in theory why. We also discussed a number of projects in areas other than mining in which he thought I might have a useful part to play. I happened to be chatting with my friends Byron and Maria Janis about my recent trip to Majorca. This made their attitude a little less sceptical. And that. and I never heard any more about this episode until several years later. and Sir Val was very pleased and impressed. such as oil or gold. who was chairman of the board of Anglo-Vaal. It worked almost every time. which the geologists marked. so when Sir Val came to fetch me. he it was done. first at his home and then in his office in Johannesburg. one of South Africa's leading mining companies. . while they hid a small piece of gold somewhere in it. and what Sir Val had taught me there. I had just used my bare hands. There were a couple of somewhat sceptical geologists present as well. I was asked to leave the office for a few minutes. then bringing me in to see if I could find it. I had to go to South Africa for a lecture tour. Soon. was where the real money was to be made. like to test my powers. as he made clear to me. or whatever he had hidden in his house. Before I went. and then he said he was going to test me. We met on several more occasions in 1974 and 1975. for the man I had come to regard as my adopted uncle died suddenly in December 1975. I felt something on the palm of one of my hands. I was merely doing a favour for the friend of a friend. Next they rolled out a huge map on a table. I then followed the line in the direction it was pointing and found the object behind. but had been turned down. I should not be able to find hidden natural resources. and as far as I know he had no children. using the method I have already described. He had lost his wife about ten years previously. asking me to have a look at it and tell them which was the area with the best coal deposits. It was rather like the effect you get when you try putting two magnets together with similar poles facing each other. palms down. which I soon did. He showed me how to hold a forked twig or a pendulum. Maria. Sir Val and I soon became good friends. A few months after my first meeting with him. Sir Val had already explained to me that some dowsers could work just as well from maps as they could on site. Then I closed my hand and pointed a finger downwards. by hiding something or other in one of the rooms in his house. moving it around until I felt that bouncy resistance again. I then scanned the area directly underneath with a fingertip. I had done this once before in Israel at the request of General Moshe Dayan.

said nothing. yes' or 'there. so I told Serrano to pour some into a small liqueur glass and hide it wherever he liked. I flew to an airport in a small provincial town. and suggested he should contact Mr Menell and see if my suggestion had been followed up. Serrano. at least.000 million mark). but we do. which was a good distance away. He glanced quickly at one of his colleagues. and there were maybe a hundred places where the thimblesized glass could have been concealed. Former president Echeverria may have been joking when he had asked me if I could find oil for him. an increase in output would give her considerable clout in negotiations over a number of important issues that affected the two neighbouring countries. Soon afterwards I was asked to go out into the field and look for some real oil. There was a burst of applause.' Newsweek wrote. without noticing at first that it led me to . and all kinds of Spanish expressions of surprise and pleasure. and it made no difference to me what kind of oil it was. to take me first to an area where there was already known to be oil. They were testing me. reasonably enough. 'Do you have some oil in the house?' I thought he must have a can of lubricating oil. no'. Eventually. Somebody took me out of the room to one of the bedrooms. I followed the line. I told him about this early attempt to find minerals by dowsing.of all things . and I remember somebody remarking how fantastic it would be if Mexico could fully exploit her oil resources. although obviously I could not go down and stick my finger in the sea or the ground. I used the same method as before. and before long I felt I was on the right track. This was desirable for both economic and political reasons: Mexico had a huge foreign debt problem (as it still has. 'Why don't we try it. We were in a large room that was filled with splendid furniture. As soon as I felt the signal on my fingertip. The geologists marked their maps whenever I held out a hand and called to them 'here. but when one of Jorge Diaz Serrano's colleagues asked me the same question. he sounded extremely serious. and even slower if you do not know exactly where to start . 'Since then. 'Geller doesn't know what he has done. This was my background in the dowsing business when I was invited to the home of the head of Mexico's oil industry. Finding oil is a slow business. miners have discovered large deposits of coal in that area. with the figure moving steadily towards the $100. all that could be found was a big bottle of olive oil from the kitchen. and I saw their eyes glitter. well out of earshot.when I was being interviewed by a reporter from Newsweek. which I began to do in my usual way. The aide stayed with me until Serrano himself came to fetch me and asked me to do my stuff. in its natural setting. Evidently it was. notes Menell. went through the earth and landed right inside the glass. however. for the magazine reported in its issue of 28 January 1980 that Menell confirmed that I had pointed to a strip of land near the border with Zimbabwe and insisted that something was down there. who was also sitting very still. by seeing if I could confirm what they already knew. right now?' I replied. The atmosphere was more relaxed and friendly than it had been in Menell's office in South Africa. My finger headed for it like a guided missile. where a helicopter was waiting. We then flew around for at least an hour over both land and sea. This is the jackpot!' The subject of oil-dowsing came up at another social gathering a few days later.a flower pot. with a couple of geologists on board. and as the United States was the main purchaser of such oil as Mexico was already producing. which had been buried in the pot and now contained a lump of oily mud. They seemed to be saying to each other.

I learned from the International Herald Tribune (29 October 1986). one of his former employees. She did not have everything. and how they were having a special gift made for her . thanks to a number of recent successful strikes. I was invited to dinner in a very smart restaurant by one of these power-seeking individuals and a group of his friends. Muncy had taken me to see it.000 that Byron Janis had lent me to help set myself up in New York. and went to the toilet. I listened without much interest. she had two or more of everything.looking. although some time later Serrano was kind enough to tell me that my hand-waving from the helicopter had been 'very precise'. and also security long after the president of the day was out of office. As I was soon to find out. about a year after my trip. It was a sign that you were close to the presidential family. They all immediately began to talk about Muncy. carpets. I could have told them that Muncy and her husband had received so many gifts from visiting heads of state and other dignitaries (and who knows who else?) that they had to store them in a special warehouse. you can use it as an 'Open Sesame' credit card to open any door you choose. and if I was right I would be saving the company tens of millions of dollars. The total embezzled from Mexico's long-suffering people during the oil-boom years has been estimated at more than £6 billion. Seeing that we were alone. clothing. my host came in carrying his briefcase. Serrano was then 'in prison in connection with accusations involving a $34 million fraud in the sale of oil tankers'. All I could do was show them where to start. Four years later. And I still sleep soundly every night. stereos and so on. with interest. Instead. The importance of a document of this kind may be difficult to appreciate by those who are not familiar with the way things are done in Latin America. the ultimate prize is a personal link with the president. even bigger than Saudi Arabia. If I had been greedy in those days. I was given no feedback. Serrano was the favourite for a time to become the next president. he waited for me to zip myself up. dinner services. He thrust it towards me. A card or a signed photo from the president's wife was just as valuable. I excused myself. and the lengths some of Muncy's hangers-on were prepared to go to in order to get one were quite remarkable. However. which struck me as an odd thing to take into a toilet. It is on record that in 1978. but she did not really care for them. I received no money and never asked for any. Some of that would have come in handy while I was repaying the $40. Miguel de la Madrid. For any ambitious Mexican. It was now reckoned that just one of the country's many oil-bearing regions had reserves three times the size of all the North Sea fields put together. and it was crammed to the ceiling with paintings. then opened his case and took out a leather pouch like those you see pirates use in films for keeping their loot in. and this in turn signified almost unlimited power. became president in 1982. out of my earnings as an entertainer. but I did need a break from all the hypocritical praise of Muncy that was clearly meant for my ears. a fair percentage of the country's foreign debt. If you have one. Lopez Portillo and Serrano jointly announced that Mexico could become the world's leading oil producer. but he never made it to Los Pinos.some elaborate piece of jewellery costing tens of thousands of dollars. I paid him back every cent. what a wonderful person she was. and then hers. As I was going through the motions of relieving myself. . I did not need to. preferably in the form of a photograph or a visiting card with an autograph and a dedication. I mean any door. Again. I hate to think what my fate might have been. One evening. one of Muncy's cards with the right inscription on it was literally worth more than its weight in gold.

thanks to my army training in Israel. with her signature and an appropriate message.' I took it without thinking. I knew something about this. Uri. however. In the course of a conversation with the president one day. I was fighting with my conscience and my host looked very pleased with himself. but they would frequently fly around in her aeroplane with their guns cocked and safety-catches off. Every time I catch myself going on a toy-shopping spree for my children. One day. fatally. you show them this. power and influence can do to a child: they can lead to depression. a wealthy businessman in his own right. One day there was a terrible tragedy that made the family. and nearly dropped it. and I noticed several changes following my recommendations. It was a bar of solid gold. As I made my way back to the table. as if he already had one in his pocket. he simply took out one of his personal cards and wrote something on it. President Lopez Portillo took the Colt out of its leather box and handed it to me. without asking for either.' he said. here I was being given both at once.' he said. he showed me something I had not noticed on my previous brief visits to his office. I was able to make myself useful to the presidential family in a way I would never have expected. It was. I took a peep. Yet even with . I knew what was needed in exchange: Muncy's card. his teenage son picked up one of these and shot himself with it. He never spoke to me again. and nearly dropped it again when I realized what was shining at me out of the darkness. Airport security for the presidential plane was particularly bad: it was often left unguarded.' In reply.' I stammered. 'It is yours. and this was the most magnificent hand-gun I had ever seen. I gathered. The terrible scenes of famine we all saw on our television screens in 1985 gave me the chance to illustrate this to them very vividly. Her brother Sergio. I am not particularly fond of guns as weapons. and there were guns lying around all over his house. . suicide and not an accident. For the rest of the meal. It was a Colt semiautomatic plated in gold and silver with the emblem of Mexico engraved on it. Uri. misery and a final desperate act of rebellion against the world his parents created for him. you can do anything. 'I . 'Look at it later. I try to make my children appreciate what they have. and seldom checked thoroughly before a flight. His father in turn listened to him. Muncy's bodyguards. I could never take it to America with me. in some areas. Thank God we never hit any hailstorms with them on board. and he listened carefully whenever I suggested something that needed tightening up.' I could not believe it. Pepito was more security-conscious than his father. having been wounded by one. heaved the pouch into his hand and told him I did not want it. . As we were leaving the restaurant. and made the first excuse I could think of for refusing the gift. I was thoroughly confused. I took him aside. He showed what money.'This is from me. for example. 'With this card. and I was becoming quite alarmed at how sloppy it was in Mexico.I can't accept this . to you. where security is taken very seriously. were fine and loyal men. At about this time. to explain how fortunate they are and to make them understand that there are still children who starve to death in this unjust world. had a real obsession with personal protection. I think of that unfortunate boy. but I cannot help admiring fine craftsmanship of any kind. 'Senor Presidente. especially Muncy. for it was unbelievably heavy for its size. Life does have its ironies. by giving some practical advice on personal security. as he turned to leave. It even had the mark of a Swiss bank stamped on it. If anybody questions you about your gun. Having turned down a chunk of gold in exchange for a card like this. realize how careful one should be in matters of security. Seeing the look on my face.

Even if we had. Then he began to ask me some very strange questions. whereby they could learn a good deal about a man's character and even his future prospects just by studying a photograph of him. It's a vicious circle. 'We know you can affect computers.induce sickness in a person's body? Could you maybe. and he's inflexible. because they've been spending the money. It's the non-believers in key positions in the media whose open ridicule influences the scientists. since when he had become head of the KGB. the press would have picked it up and torn it apart. and the grants would have been cut off. one of my American friends had suggested that it would be useful if I could somehow obtain an official position of some kind in the Mexican government. and before I could say anything Mike continued with a question that really shook me. 'This is partly because of the negative results we've had with psychics. but ruthless inside. but there's more to it than that. This was one of his own. have his heart stop?' I said nothing. yet now I was at least nominally a member of one of its security services. Uri. Mike brought out a large book with a plain blue cover which he opened and placed in front of me. and I am sure Mike knew it then. and it can only be broken from the top. He told me a little about a remarkable new technique that CIA psychologists had developed. 'Very low-key.' he began earnestly. merely to give them something in the form of pep talks about Soviet aims. like. 'You know.' He leaned forward in a caricature of a conspiratorial gesture.uh . my progress up the ladder in Mexican society was exactly what Mike had hoped for. He's doctrinaire. 'This is quite a nice fellow. very loyal to his beliefs. How do you study a subject thoroughly unless you're prepared to put money into it? The Soviets are doing this. One way and another. After all. The first thought that came to me was that he had some connection with my father's native land. Mike went on to talk about voodoo. On that same occasion. and I had not had to betray the trust and friendship of the president's family in the process. of whom at that time I had never heard.' All of this is now common knowledge. I felt. At one of our meetings. and Mike told me that he had been Soviet Ambassador there at the time of the Soviet invasion in 1956. so I did the rounds again and eventually obtained an official identity card as Agent of the National Treasury. black magic. and we know you can do telepathy. if you read it carefully. . and reports of people sticking pins in dolls. rather pleasant in some ways. Some time before this. and began to come out in goose-pimples. he must have realized that all this kind of thing was turning me off completely. Eventually. Hungary. nobody had asked me to steal any Mexican state secrets. and we haven't even begun on a serious level. It was a black and white photograph of Yuri Andropov. on the outside. and not one of those that he had been trained to deliver. I thought he was being rather optimistic.' I went on. and there's enough in the open literature to indicate that they've been doing it for over fifty precious card I had to obtain more formal authorization to carry arms. both the United States Congress and the military ridicule the whole psychic scene. They've gotten themselves a head start. and they in turn influence government thinking. Mike broke the no-feedback rule to the extent of mentioning that my remarks on this subject seemed to have been well received. and he switched into another of his little talks. of which they already seemed to be well aware. 'Would you tell me what impressions you get about this man?' he asked. Uri. 'Can you read somebody's mind even if they are thinking in another language? Do you have to be near them? Does this man have any serious diseases? When do you think he will die?' I was silent for a moment. 'Do you think you could .

no.' he said to me at one point. 'No.'Now for the good news: our next president. At least. I'd like to do something totally different with you. Then he raised a hand. Mike had specifically asked me to do some demonstrations for them. the atmosphere became less formal. and it soon began to curl upwards in the usual way. is a believer. Jimmy Carter. 'start sketching it over and over in your mind. What I drew was not only the same shape as his drawing. and watched wide-eyed as the spoon curled slowly upwards in her own hand until there was a right-angle bend in it. He looked at me sternly. 'Oh.' This she may have done. 'and I'll just stroke it with this finger. together with the son of President Ford. I know too many secrets.' he growled in his guttural voice. 'Now. visited Mexico together with Henry Kissinger. I took a pretty solid dessert spoon and handed it to Mrs Carter. 'Now.' I said. 'It would be very unwise for people not to accept certain phenomena that cannot be explained. such as bending a spoon for Mrs Carter and reading Mr Kissinger's mind. and she began to laugh. by the bowl. 'What else did you get from my mind?' he wanted to know. I'd better not talk about that here. as I looked into his eyes behind their wide spectacles. Mr Kissinger. 'Is that so. was Kissinger. Perhaps he was just being polite. He recoiled slightly.' I said.' *** I might already have had something to do with that interest. to my surprise. and during the meal I made polite conversation and waited for the right moment. and even moved his chair back a little. 'I wish my friends at home could see this. but I was. He's also a trained scientist. 'Now let me put my hand over yours. and Muncy sat me right next to her two distinguished visitors. I told him all I wanted him to do was draw something while I was looking the other way and then cover it with his hand. so. asking her to hold it in one hand. and he generously obliged. I took my hand away. Lopez Portillo himself was not present. Rosalynn Carter was very natural and unaffected.' I replied. 'I don't want you to read my mind. 'Now.' She did so. he's a religious man. and his sister Ruth is a faith healer. I stroked away for a while. it was Muncy. and at last I felt it was time to do my stuff. as Mrs Carter's counterpart. When Rosalynn Carter.' I particularly wanted her to feel it bending in her own hand. for he was after all one of the most experienced diplomats in the United States. Pepito and the American ambassador were also at our table. wife of the American president-elect. but I do remember that this was one of my better efforts. for as I recall she kept the spoon as a souvenir of our first meeting. and I was reminded of the time not long before . When coffee had been served.' I said. He's sighted a UFO and said so publicly. 'Are you serious about that?' Everybody around us became suddenly quiet.' I have done so many of these things that I cannot recall what it was he drew. Kissinger went a little pale. and seemed quite open to the idea of such things as telepathy and psychokinesis.' he said. who gave a formal banquet for the visitors. and I have a photograph taken by the official American Embassy photographer showing Mrs Carter still clutching her souvenir after she and I had changed places so that I could sit next to Henry Kissinger. Mrs Carter looked both astonished and pleased. 'Oh my!' she exclaimed. So. you hold it and watch as it goes on bending. He could be receptive to the idea of research in new areas. I must show this to Jimmy. but exactly the same size.' He really looked quite apprehensive. All eyes were on us by now. Several of the guests had left their tables to come and watch. although he was more cautious.

now?' I hesitated. It may not have been a scientifically controlled experiment. and that meant there would be leaks to the press. at parties. put something. Mike immediately took the pen and drew a rectangle with a crescent and a star-shaped blob inside it. It was the only way. SO. (President Stroessner. Then I decided to forget it. by the way. He thought for a moment. 'While you were sketching your picture over in your mind. 'You can draw something and project it into somebody's mind. in the same way. 'I've heard a lot about the powers of the mind.' 'Oh. but this was not the time to mention it. and had asked if it were true that the country was a refuge for some well-known Nazis.' was his final verdict. haven't you? Could you.' I had in fact picked up something else. I did. Mike. can't you?' 'Sure. then he asked me.' 'Let's try it. but it gave him something to think about. 'I just got your drawing. while he looked away. that's all.' I said.' he concluded. Mr Kissinger. that was the crucial moment of concentration for me. to break the tension. 'That . Then he turned the pad over and stared for a moment at our two almost identical drawings. People are always amazed to find that they can do what I do. I put the pad face downwards and pushed it to him.) 'No. where the rulers did what they liked and the . 'So all I've heard about you seems to be true. I have never seen so many forks freeze in mid-air as on that occasion. and you didn't even do that. I do it all the time.' 5 Getting the Message The inauguration of Jimmy Carter was to take place on 20 January 1977. After all. in his usual relaxed way.when I had been having a meal with the top brass of Paraguay during my tour there. Uri. which had really scared me. had in . he said. You have just put something into my idea . he had not actually asked me to bump off Andropov. I had still not recovered from all that talk of black magic and heart-stopping. He looked relieved. and that you could demonstrate them just like that. was another one who wanted to bend a spoon himself after I had bent one for him. I drew something he was not likely to guess: the flag of Turkey with its moon and star. that I could get close enough to the president and deliver the message that he. there would be observers.' 'Amazing. In any case. whether it is bending spoons or sending and receiving messages. but I never realized they could be so precise. I was only joking. He doubted whether an official meeting could be arranged because of what he called the 'ridicule factor': for a new leader to be seen publicly associating with psychics would inevitably undermine his image right at the start of his term of office. I thought you had to concentrate. 'Listen. Then he became serious again.incredible!' he declared. Washington was not Moscow. Mike was clearly very pleased at the way things had gone at the banquet. if they stop worrying about whether it is possible and just do it.into the mind of somebody in such a way that you make him act on it? Even if he may not want to? Even if he doesn't know what he's been asked to do? 'I'm talking about the President of the United States. and I do not know what he would have said if I had told him that I had just been carrying out a private request from a CIA man.' I replied. and Mike told me that somehow or other I would have to attend.

Oliveira's conclusion was that 'we are all Uri Gellers'. One of my television shows was seen by the wife of a distinguished diplomat. to which everybody in the country would like to be invited.bending spoons and telling people to get their old clocks and watches going . she asked if I would like to come and attend the inauguration ceremonies in Washington. Out of all the hotels in Washington. according to columnist Jose Carlos Oliveira of Jornal do Brasil (26 July 1976). I could think of no reason why not. so we did. Then. she leaped out of bed and danced around like a twelve-year-old. and the first person I met . She had been suffering from arthrosis for some time and was unable to walk unaided. We went out together several times and got along very well. We just looked at each other in sheer bewilderment. whose uncle Nino Crespi had been a famous racing driver. Something similar had happened in Denmark in 1974. and I was able to raise my fees. As I was doing my usual stuff . though we had not spoken to each other on that occasion. We had come a long way. My tour of Brazil. What chance did I have? I was fairly well known as a somewhat unusual entertainer. One way and another. before I could make the obvious connections in my mind between her. and asked if we could meet.she thought to herself: Why can't he do something for my legs? The following morning. So was Mr Shipi Shtrang. One day. and was certainly not fishing for an invitation. Her face seemed familiar. Ambassador Vasco Leitao da Cunha. she surprised me by mentioning that she was a close relative of the Carter family. but thanks to my enterprising and efficient agent Marcos Lazaros I ended up with a nation-wide tour involving forty performances. and it made up for the case of the Swedish woman who tried to sue me for bending her intra-uterine device so that she had an unwanted pregnancy after watching me on television! Another of my Brazilian viewers was Lucita Crespi.' The year 1976 was a very active one for me. or at any rate somebody. for example. and I found her to be an attractive and intelligent young lady with as much interest in parapsychology as she seemed to have in me. one of them in a football stadium in front of an audience of 12. she said. giving her full name. I could not believe it. Some of them were even on the same floor. I was originally invited there to do two television shows. though. and went on working perfectly for several days. She had told Jimmy all about me. which had never ticked again although several attempts had been made to have it repaired. or to anybody else. She just introduced herself. however. she was responsible for this 'miracle cure' and not I. As he pointed out quite rightly.' he assured me. and I was not even an American. Requests for my performances continued to pour in. It started up again during my show. had arranged the full treatment for us. and his reaction had been one of open-minded interest. What a week it was! did what it was told. The thought of receiving such an honour had slipped from my mind once again when the envelope appeared one morning on my doormat. 'You'll almost certainly get an official invitation. grossed almost a million dollars. and it turned out that she had accompanied Rosalynn Carter on her visit to Mexico. A presidential inauguration is a major social event. me and Mike. He had been killed in a crash during a race in Rio de Janeiro forty years previously. but I was no big star.000. I had forgotten all about Mike's promise when I received a telephone call in my Manhattan apartment towards the end of the year from a girl named Lucy. His family had kept the chronometer he had been using at the time. 'Don't worry. Mr Uri Geller was formally invited to attend the inauguration of President Carter in Washington. I had said nothing to her. we found that our reservations were in the one where the president's close relatives were to stay.

Soviet superiority. When the entourage came in sight. Then. The new presidential couple were waving and projecting their warm southern smiles to the crowd. including one of Carter's close advisers.was going a bit too far. the guests began to form a line to pay their personal respects to the Carters.' he boomed. One smile came in my direction. At last it was time for the main event of the week-long celebrations. and after my initial excitement at setting foot inside the White House. It was freezing cold. So I added that figure to my message. I only recognized two people: the actor Jack Nicholson. even from Moscow to California. all of a sudden. 'Hi there. one of which was to be in the White House. which I delivered as well as I could in view of the distance between me and my target. There is much argument as to whether telepathy is more effective at close range. I sneaked up behind her and called out. and money. it was personal contact of a kind. The parade was a fairly uncomfortable affair. There was no chance of getting anywhere near him at the first event. not only to the VIP podium on the inauguration route. let alone actually . as there were several hundred other guests. I could be wrong. I knew this was probably the only chance I would ever have to meet the president. I still had to make more direct contact with the president. and President Carter insisted on making the long journey from the ceremonial stand to his new home on foot.I've heard so much about you. parties and receptions. I had to wait for a while. Lucy was the most efficient of beam a telepathic message into the mind of the chief executive of the most powerful country in the world .when I stepped out of my room was Carter's brother Billy. but the sum I had in mind for some reason was that of $6 million. but my mind kept wandering. Security was tight.' Mike had told me. However. but to any number of balls. 'Money for grants to research institutes. and I could see her wondering how on earth I had got myself invited. to say the least. As I sat and shivered.' He wanted to find out for himself right away if any of it was true. the whole affair struck me as absolutely ludicrous.' He had not mentioned any figures. his own home. but I would imagine that the kind of thing I was trying to do would be more powerful at close range. Lucy shepherded me around and introduced me to several people. so to speak. She gave me a whole stack of invitations. . one of a number of celebrities from all fields who had come to pay their respects to the new president. Russell Targ and others have shown that it can operate at very long distances. It was not exactly a private visit. and I found myself inside the most famous home in the United States. but in any case Mike's suggestion had been for me to get as close to Carter as I could. a formal affair in a big convention hall. which must have alarmed his security advisers. 'You're Uri Geller . and in his book you will find a double-page photograph of the two of us sitting in that hotel corridor and doing a telepathy experiment. There. and at the same time I saw that not even Lucy with her family connections could penetrate the wall of protection around him . this was no time for explanations. I doubted whether the secret servicemen would let me even get into the line. 'Muncy! Turn around!' She really fell apart when she saw who it was. and although Mrs Carter could not have recognized me from that distance. as they passed in front of me I took aim. yet Mike's plan . I am always ready to try something new. and fired off a sort of compressed thought-capsule containing the images of psychic phenomena. and a very familiar figure I spotted on my way into the hall. 'It's all a question of money. my spirits sank again. I-wished I had brought some warmer underwear with me.

A report appeared nearly seven years later in the New York Times (10 January 1984) in which it was stated that President Carter ordered 'a high-level review of Soviet psychic research' in 1977. this was one of them.speak to them. but we never met again and I never knew if she had been manipulated into meeting me without knowing who was behind it. rather than merely confident. for Carter winced slightly and I felt him trying to withdraw his hand. this time really putting everything I had into it. I had attended the inauguration of one head of state. 'Oh. it did find definite Soviet interest'. The tension and urgency I felt must have made my grip even firmer than usual. Rosalynn Carter said a few kind words to me and that I must come and meet them again. The attacks against me by sceptics and magicians only made people more eager to come and see me or watch me on television. Put money into research.1 had reason to feel fairly pleased with myself. Mission accomplished. I held on to it for a good six seconds. I had made my name a household word over most of the world. It was the second time a head of state had asked me much the same question.) The secret review was completed in 1978. and then it was all over. The next thing I knew Lucy was literally grabbing hold of me and shoving me to the back of the line. Neither can I. but I had a strong feeling that my message had been received. I forget what I replied. There was no direct feedback. I had visited almost all the countries I had always dreamed of visiting. thank God. I had made several good friends and my bank account was well into seven figures.' she exclaimed. Open your mind. there was suddenly nobody in front of me except Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter and their personal entourage. I thought. . I was reminded of my first parachute drop. according to the newspaper. Mrs Carter recognized me at once. I felt this was an assignment I had to get right first time. There are times when I feel certain. leaving me there behind what looked and sounded like the whole of the population of Georgia. in addition to literally hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. and although 'it found no evidence of the "psycho-warfare" project such as Mr Geller had warned of. following what was described as 'a private audience' with me. Lucy telephoned me once or twice. When I celebrated my thirtieth birthday in December 1976. and was just about to attend another. inside my head. Six million dollars. I remembered the green light that meant I was next in line and there was no turning back. and broke the tension. It went on again now. Psychic phenomena are real. Then his well-known smile beamed at me. that I have done something right. Geller. You remember. 'this is Uri Geller.and forcing that same message through them. he simply disappeared from my life as suddenly as he had entered it. White House officials 'could neither confirm nor deny' that such a review existed. and there was a brief silence as I stepped forward and grabbed hold of his hand. Jimmy. This is it. 'Are you going to solve the energy crisis for us?' he asked. Everything seemed to be going my way. said the voice in my head. Or was it a coincidence? As for Mike. looking down into his eyes . that young Israeli I told you so much about?' The president's expression barely altered. Catch up with the Soviets. and I summoned all the concentration I could manage. Several books had been written about me. Don't overdo it.he was shorter than I had expected and I am six feet one inch . I am sure one of the photographers immortalized this event and the photo is somewhere in the Washington archives. (No information about any such meeting has ever originated from me. Much sooner than I had expected. and.

I even paid for meals now and then by bending some spoons. There are rumours. and she told me I was looking really terrible. Tom Morris told me I reminded him of an inmate of a concentration camp. all the more. I had seen plenty of jealousy on nearby faces in restaurants and theatres. I had always been a hearty eater. so that the more I ate the thinner I became. Pepito took me aside. remember who she was and what she represented. but neither I nor her husband. Uri.' he saidl 'There is talk. Almost immediately. Eventually. it was not. or insatiable appetite. and the truth was that I was slowly killing myself. The publicity that arose from the fact that the president's wife had dined somewhere was usually thought to be worth more than a handful of pesos. I began to feel more and more uncomfortable. or so much make-up. To begin with. and I would even stick my toothbrush down my throat to induce vomiting. as she often did. and from that moment on I began to eat normally. and often I would have to excuse myself to go to the toilet and force myself to throw up. 'Listen. unexpected and very frightening moment of truth. because I was an outsider. in short. I found I could no longer keep anything down. Fortunately we were both teetotallers. and we invariably gave in. One day as I was getting out of a car. I was just as greedy. I had to face a potentially far more serious problem. Don't go out with my mother any more. I had been worried myself for some time. no doubt. to make room for yet more excessive food intake. Few of the restaurants we visited ever produced a bill. There was something he clearly had to get off his chest. It was powerful enough to produce immediate results. She should. The president of Mexico had clearly become concerned at the impression Muncy was making when she appeared with me in public. Shipi's sister Hanna came over from Israel to be with me. I suddenly found I had lost all my strength. On one of my visits to New York. Back in Mexico. it's not good for us. I did not have to be psychic to recognize that expression on his face. At home. Muncy was quite capable of ordering one of everything and devouring half of each. where the decision to do something about it at once was taken. suffering from what is called bulimia. as I have done ever since. When the dessert trolley was wheeled over after a huge meal. with a good deal of help and support from Hanna. and now I had become a compulsive one.' . and the cause was easy to find. I would gobble up every thing put in front of me. could change Muncy's ways. I tried to fool myself into thinking that this was due to the exercise I continued to take. Muncy said the same. but we were both developing some rather extreme eating habits. however. it seemed.Psychologically. I had to grab the edge of the roof and pull myself up. The fact of realizing this seemed to awaken some remote area of my unconscious mind. and dining out regularly with Muncy in all the smartest places in Mexico City only provided more temptation to overdo things. I began to feel constantly unwell. She was to try to enter a restaurant without turning all eyes in her direction as she swept in with me on her arm. but I failed to fool those nearest to me. It was a brief. it was much the same. and one restaurant framed one of my impromptu metal sculptures and hung it on the wall! Waiters would do their best to tempt us with their specialities of the day. and if I or anybody else cared there was clearly nothing we could do about it. That was the way she was. Her inevitable reply to any comment on her behaviour was 'I don't care!'. She was not to wear such sexy clothes. One day. and I hate to think what might have happened otherwise. running up to five miles a day even in the thin atmosphere of Mexico City. and in due course she received an official order from him to step into line.

who is buxom and in her late forties. in effect. he was widely assumed to have a mistress hidden away somewhere. If they seemed a little distant at times. they were behaving rather intimately'. where 'at one hotel. The article went on to reveal that I and my 'clever assistant' Shipi Shtrang had managed to become Mexicans thanks to the First Lady's good offices. he would almost certainly have been exempted from this. according to the paper. and he was always most hospitable and courteous to me. The Israeli psychic superstar has struck up a warm friendship with President Lopez Portillo's lively wife Carmen. or reflect on the history of his country. although we continued to see a lot of each other.There was no trace of a threat in his voice.' This article was fairly accurate. and would spend such free time as he had in keeping himself fit and then retiring to his study to read. A friendship which. The member of staff was quoted as saying. reports a member of staff. I am sure some waiter or waitress was startled by her behaviour. He worked very long hours. As I have indicated. Pepito was telling me. It contained a small photograph of me and only three column-inches of text. even there I knew that Muncy's vigilant bodyguards were not far away. have surprised Mexicans by taking holidays together' at Cancun. The mention of the Watergate affair suggested that it might have been the inner circle of the PRI. the family could not tolerate any hint of scandal. He has since visited Israel without any problems at all. might precipitate a 'Mexican Watergate'. 'We did not know where to look. Never did he even suggest that he objected to my keeping Muncy company while he was occupied with other matters. We were also. since he suffered in his teens from Meniere's disease. so I can hardly claim that we were alone together. It was a romantic spot. It added that this 'saves Senor Shtrang from Israeli military service'. I am also sure that the president was kept informed about all his wife's movements. and I wondered who might have planted it. on which he is a recognized authority. said. it seems. though I have no evidence that he had. He did not seem to have enough time to chase after other women. From what I could see. however. Yet how did that article find its way into a London newspaper? What was all the talk about a Mexican Watergate? Why include the gratuitous smear against Shipi? A minimum of checking would have established that he left Israel quite openly and legally before he was liable for military service. It began: There is startling news from Mexico about spoon-bender Uri Geller.and her husband and three children.' I myself. still in the sights of the gossipmongers. write. At this time. In any case. but even so. One day early in 1978. it often used to startle me. his relations with his wife were entirely normal. I should add that tongues were also wagging about the president. He must have had words with her. I put it down to his intellectual side. It then announced that 'Geller and Carmen. warning bells began to sound in my ears. since our relationship gradually became a good deal less public. And such hints were already being dropped. and had no dateline or byline. Like most public figures in Latin America. according to some observers. However. I do recall speaking on the telephone to somebody at the time and confirming what most of Mexico already knew: that Muncy and I were good friends. she invited me to join her and the children for a short holiday in the seaside resort of Cancun. that although both he and his father knew that Muncy and I were just good friends. It must have been a plant. and strolling along the beach by the Caribbean in the moonlight was an experience I will never forget. On 10 February 1978 the (London) Daily Express printed a short item under the headline BENDING THE RULES FOR URI. 'It is true I am fond of her. the party that really .

for which I could hardly blame it. Besides. 'Don't come to Los Pinos today. he said. In fact. Uri. Some time previously. but all he would tell me was that people were saying bad things about his mother and me. we made it to the airport. It was for me. although the visit was quite unexpected. and over pavements. Tom Morris drove Shipi and me to the airport. I had . who must have known very well that in Mexico an innuendo of this kind could be enough to put my life in danger.' 6 Successes and Failures The house telephone rang in my New York apartment. Somehow or other. down one-way streets. I definitely cannot rule this out. 'Something very bad has happened. There was no time to thank Tom properly for all that he had done for me. We shot through red lights. Traffic cops waved and yelled at us. and the caller was Pepito. I had never needed to resort to such measures before. Even after we had taken off. Now I was leaving. which he never did. was very angry. although. It may have decided that enough was enough. and if the president had wanted it terminated he had only to let me know. he was furious. the distant warning bells started up again. My precious Aeromexico card gave me the right not only to free first-class travel. and were it not for the diplomatic plates on his car I am sure he would have ended up in jail for any number of motoring offences. His tone of voice was serious and. and it was the tone of urgency in Pepito's final words that made me realize that it was time to plan my exodus. In view of some of the dirty tricks they were to play on me later. My relationship with Muncy might well have been misunderstood. There was a man downstairs from the US Customs who wanted to see me. I had an idea what it might be about. it was the most public of friendships. It could also have been a leak sprung deliberately to embarrass me by one of my witch-hunters. where I was still staying on my visits to Mexico. as he went on speaking. and even to keep a plane waiting on the runway.' he went on. His identification looked kosher. The telephone rang in Tom Morris's house. everything seemed to collapse around me. I did. and at last I flopped into my seat on the flight bound for New York.runs things in Mexico. I had originally stayed in Mexico as the result of a direct order from the wife of the nominated president.' His father. but also to turn somebody out of a seat to make room for me if necessary.' he began. A copy of the Daily Express was on the president's desk that morning. but I never got there. I tried to get some details out of him. Pepito's final words to me rang louder in my ears than the jet engines that were lifting me from what could have been imminent danger: 'My suggestion is to get out of Mexico quickly. It became clear that something was under way that Pepito could not control. but I trusted the concierge's judgment. Passers-by stopped and stared at what must have seemed some unusual driving even by Mexican standards. presumably having been telexed from the Mexican Embassy in London. Suddenly. on the advice of her son. Now. and this telephone call was a friendly warning and no more. Things then moved very quickly. Could he be sent up? You have to be careful in New York. just as unexpectedly. 'There was something in a newspaper. I was due to-visit Los Pinos on the evening of 10 February. as I have said.

something I needed very badly. The customs agent. I have no idea. There was. I had in fact had dealings with the FBI before. If they wanted to return any favours I might do for them. We did some of my usual drawing experiments. or of establishing permanent residence there. openly and legally. and he was delighted to find that. and asked me to let him know if I ever needed help of any kind. looked authentic enough. The FBI is one of the most respected law-enforcement agencies in the world.' I said to him at one point. as it happened. Special orders from the United States Attorney-General to release it. and had never had any problems at customs after producing my documents as an accredited agent of the Mexican security services. This is what happened: On 9 August 1975. it was not practical for me to establish permanent residence anywhere. and I would be notified later of the outcome. he told me where I could reach him. especially telepathy. Edgar Bronfman was the head of the huge Seagram whisky empire and. and its image is a good deal cleaner than that of the CIA. Nor do I know if Carl was acting under orders or if he was just curious to meet me. returning after a long delay to explain that he would have to retain it. I invited him in and we had a pleasant chat. The written message told Mr Bronfman that his son . that was up to them. The Bronfman family had apparently been contacted by both mail and telephone. Samuel was due to inherit a good deal of the billion-dollar business. 'Look. was a counter-intelligence agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was carrying a small package. There was something that needed checking. New York was only one of my temporary home bases. 'Mr Geller?' he said when I opened the door. Don looked very pleased. and it was where I wanted my mother to be.' How the Attorney-General became involved. We had a long and informal conversation. and my status of nonresident alien required me to spend no more than six months (183 days. however. to be precise) of each year in the USA. My mother was then living on her own in Israel. I gathered. There was no mention of payment by either of us. I'd be happy. since I was constantly travelling all over the world fulfilling my professional engagements. Indeed. and according to press reports his father was asked for 'a substantial sum' for his safe return. He.flown in from Mexico bringing the precious Colt that President Lopez Portillo had given me. a condition I obeyed scrupulously. and shortly afterwards he came to see me again together with a man I will call Don. as did the badge he showed me. He was fascinated by the whole paranormal field. As he got up to leave. 'I have your gun to return to you. and whether it is normal for confiscated goods to be returned by personal delivery. and was keen to see for himself what I could do. and a tape of Samuel's voice had been delivered to them. On the last occasion. Anyway. Carl promised to see what could be done. I had no intention of becoming an American citizen myself. with Don doing most of the talking.' I had no hesitation in making the offer. New York was the base I visited most often. a young man named Samuel Bronfman was kidnapped close to his father's home near New York. during which it emerged that he was interested in psychic matters. as his eldest son. I had already brought it into the United States several times. I was sure that nothing they might ask me to do would conflict with my own interests or principles. 'if I can be of any assistance to you in any way. the official took the gun away. whom I will call Carl. and I wanted her to come and live in the USA so that I could see more of her in between my engagements. as if he had been hoping that I would say that. he was just as good at receiving and transmitting images as I was. However. like many people.

The necessary arrangements were quickly made.had been buried in an underground cave somewhere in Westchester County. I was in a hotel in Europe. for I knew Edgar Bronfman was a generous contributor to Jewish causes and a strong supporter of Israel.3 million stuffed into rubbish sacks. I was taken to the palatial Bronfman home and shown a number of Samuel's personal possessions in order to establish some kind of link with him. I have a strong suspicion. recovering Samuel. and we flew up and down over a wide area of Westchester County. That is the story as it was reported in the press. As I was shown into the living-room.000 for my ninety-minute lecture-demonstrations. was the chief of the New York FBI. I cannot claim to have located Samuel Bronfman single-handed. That is exactly where he was. and left with enough food for ten days at the most. which I reckoned he could afford. Not surprisingly. It was revealed that the FBI had been staking out the area for some time after watching the hand-over of the money and following the very careless extortionist back to his home. however. Suddenly. the first thing I noticed was a large map of New York City attached to an easel. before I had even been properly introduced to anybody. The FBI then moved in. incidentally. Apparently. my first assignment of this kind was a complete failure. Then I climbed back into the helicopter. since there had been no written contract and $2. but there was no mention of what steps were being taken by either the police or the FBI. I had one of those moments of super-confidence. my usual reaction to a challenge is to have a go.' I stated. Edgar Bronfman was in his Manhattan apartment. I was then receiving fees of up to $5. with complete certainty. so I decided to go along and admit my defeat to him. it was not known that Samuel was in Brooklyn. I walked over to the easel and jabbed my finger into the map. 'That's where he is. nobody told me.500 was better than nothing. in addition to the desperate father. two Irish-Americans thought to have been involved in fund-raising for Irish terrorists. Several years later. Although I had not made any contract with Mr Bronfman. they became convinced that the Mafia had sent a hit-squad to get their money and. that at the moment I put my finger on that map. eventually noticed that they were under observation. and among those present. and a private helicopter flew me from New York to the area where Samuel was thought to be in his underground prison. This was not long after Sir Val Duncan had told me I could use my natural gift for dowsing to find just about anything. First. . Also unreported (until now) was the fact that a member of the Bronfman family put through a call to me from his home in Toronto to ask if I could help locate Samuel before it was too late. For some reason. because it was one of his kidnappers who eventually provided the police with the exact address. somewhere in the Brooklyn area. after the happy ending to this affair I sent him an invoice for $25. I agreed to do what I could at once. but I received no impressions at all. The luxurious town residence had been turned into a command centre.000. although it is one you might not believe if you read it in a crime novel. who was unharmed. I received a cheque in due course for the sum asked minus one zero! I decided to let go at that. and as I have said. especially since I had at least provided evidence for the accuracy of my impressions. believe it or not. and a reported $2. and I felt this was a fair sum for two or three days of hard work. one of the kidnappers then sent his daughter along to the local police with a note asking for protection! Both kidnappers: were later jailed. Negotiations were said to be under way for his release in exchange for a seven-figure sum. The kidnappers. there was a curious sequel to this episode. however.

had evidently briefed him well. Carl came to see me with a colleague from the US Drug Enforcement Administration. taking care to keep out of the range of the camera slung over the front door. This must be as disappointing to you as it always is to me. as European businessmen tend to be. he assured me. and they would sometimes bring their wives or their colleagues with them. and heard no more. I accepted with a nod.5 written on it. I was told.500. but it was not for me to ask questions. and one of the guests was to be a Soviet official he very much hoped could be persuaded to defect. 'for two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. concerning your mother?' Carl. and passed on the impressions that came into my mind. although as is usual in this kind of work I heard no more. he said. I saw with some amusement that there was a police station right across the street. and they were wondering if I could learn anything from these photographs? I did my best. you are not told it. the customs agent. and I assumed they meant $2. Both Don and Carl soon became regular visitors to my apartment. 'I understand you're in need of some help yourself. 'could you tell me something about what's on one of the floors of the building?' The consulate was only ten blocks away on East 67th Street. One day. I called my bank a day or two later to check that he had kept his word.' As soon as Don heard that I was willing to offer him my services. I was invited to a party in an isolated house out on Long Island Sound. Don came along with a woman who was not his wife. When I brought up the subject of my fee. I noticed.' he said. the man wrote something on a corner of his napkin. then handed it to me. and another one of a ship. 'If I drive you around the block where the Soviet Consulate is located. That was all. but a counter-intelligence . there was only one way I would ever know if I was delivering any information of value: I would be asked for more. All the windows on the floor in question. I smoothed out the tiny piece of paper to find the figures 2. so we went for a ride. potential defectors usually being much more useful if they stay put and keep up the flow of information. where the host was an intelligence agent whose speciality was Soviet affairs. We often went out to eat together.discussing an assignment about which I cannot give details here except that my client was somewhat secretive. If there is no need for you to know something. 'There has only been one entry in your account in the last few days.500. The table in my living-room was often piled high with handcuffs and bundles of keys. As several of my clients have put it. and send him an unspoken message to defect. As in Mexico. I was asked to do two things: demonstrate my abilities to the man if I had the chance. They showed me a stack of photographs of some very ugly-looking characters. Next. I was asked for more. and my relations with the FBI men became more informal as well as more frequent than they had ever been with the CIA agents I met in Mexico. which they would remove in order to be able to relax in comfort. and the man asked for the address of my bank. tore it off and rolled it into a tight ball.' he added. I found both requests somewhat unusual. and as in Mexico I simply passed on whatever I had picked up with my psychic antennas. One day. He would pay at once. A major drug delivery was expected soon. Don asked me a question very similar to one of the first that Mike had read out from his shopping list. whom I had met. but you have to understand that a golden rule of any kind of police or intelligence work is that nobody is ever told anything at all except on the 'need-to-know' principle. had been blacked out. I returned to the area several times on foot. A puzzled clerk told me that there had been no recent payment of $2.

' Some of his former colleagues at the Soviet Mission now probably know better. and a newspaper reporter who was present later obtained a copy of one of them for me. it was a welcome combination of well-paid work and relaxing leisure. a short and stocky man whose hair was white. I believe. The small auditorium was well filled. There were also some Hungarian musicians on board. To my great surprise. At least one member of the audience. I posed for some informal group photographs afterwards. with the names on the back. it's good for you. (He never did. I bent a key for him. gradually slowed to an almost total standstill. Byron. although he was not more than middle-aged. Later. I was not told his name. I was surprised to learn that there was such a society. although the lights were uncomfortably bright. was an intelligence agent sent along by one of my friends . I immediately recognized several faces in my floating audience. I am going to describe a few of my less successful ones. defected after passing information to the US authorities for more than two years. I felt like a naughty schoolboy and have never tried anything like that since.and the evening went very well. defect . defect. and the fuel is not getting through properly.I have the printed announcement of my performance . as a guest of one of the artists.) All the time I was sitting beside him. for when the lights were finally dimmed.not to see my show but to check out his fellow spectators. .' he was told. Several of them were Russian. which he seemed to find intriguing and gave him my telephone number. I was probably filmed as well. I am doing this for two reasons: I do not want to give the impression that I can do anything on demand at any time and always get it right. It was at about this time that Arkady Shevchenko. in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium. the Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations. a good many of the faces looked distinctly East European. Several months after my show at the UN I was booked to take part in a 'psychic cruise' to Bermuda on board the SS Britannis. *** Later in this book. They soon arranged for me to meet the Soviet guest. Byron Janis. and they had the bright idea that we should all concentrate on stopping the ship! We did. I punched out my silent message as hard as I could: Defect. In the rest of this chapter.agent. I will be telling you about some of my most successful undertakings. Perhaps they were wondering if there would be a repeat of the incident I described in My Story when I was on another cruise. with his best innocent expression on his face. and although the UN is as multinational an organization as you can find. whereupon the engines suddenly stopped humming and the ship. and I hope that the serious student of the mind and its powers will be able . In his book Breaking With Moscow (1985) he says: 'I was grateful that even in the age of technological miracles no one could yet read thoughts. but there was . Cameras clicked all through my performance. 'The propeller drive shaft seems to be in a very contorted shape. 'We just have a little problem. As engagements of this kind usually are. inviting him to get in touch if he wanted to. a musical one this time. . and questions in a variety of Slavonic accents were asked afterwards. and the trip passed off without incident. I chatted informally with some of them. went to ask the captain what had happened. although I did have an uneasy feeling of being watched all the time.' It took a couple of hours to get the engines started again. I noticed a man in the back row packing up a very large camera-case. The last time I had seen them had been in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium. the Renaissance. In 1980 I received a telephone call from a man with a thick Slavonic accent asking if I would come and give a demonstration-lecture to the Parapsychology Society of the United Nations.

anything at all?' Don asked. and there were . he showed me some police photographs of previous victims. for he never asked me to do anything for him again. I never heard if his body was found. Thomas H.he had done that often enough already. I felt that I had not been much help. to become involved in the case. Evidently. and I am sure that he never passed on the name I gave him to his superiors. I agreed at once. an initial. in which the deputy assistant director of the bureau's records management division. I strolled around the area. and one evening we drove to the scene of Son of Sam's latest murder.maybe too hard. Once. he telephoned me from Arizona to tell me that the father of a boy who had disappeared had offered to pay my expenses if I would fly out and help look for him. and gave the policeman a verbal description of a man. I began to pick up learn as much as I think I did from those failures. most of them attractive young girls. a lonely 'lovers' lane' spot near the Verranzano Bridge. presumably from an Eastern bloc defector. as I know. would some of his colleagues. Sentencing him to a total of 315 years in jail. there was a major problem: what it amounted to was that there was evidence. In June 1978. I could see he thought either that I had gone out of my mind or that I was kidding him. 'Could you just come up with a name. I was going to do it. and I could not have been more strongly motivated than I was after I had seen them. does not say much about its involvement with people like me. He replied. and for wounding another seven. So it will probably never be known if I was right or wrong. for there has never been a killer as feared and hated as the individual who terrorized the city throughout much of 1977 and became known as the 'Son of Sam'. and travelled all over the area concerned. 'I wouldn't rule it out. that a member of the topmost layer of the US administration in Washington was a long-time Soviet mole. a 'sleeper' who had been trained to remain in place indefinitely. until the very day of his death'. Yonkers is a large area of upstate New York. He just would not take me seriously. concentrating as hard as I could . When I passed it on to Don. was asked if it was normal for the FBI to deal with psychics. The only mention of it in print that I have seen was in the 27 January 1986 International Herald Tribune. He introduced me to a New York police officer who was clearly ready to try anything. The last request I ever had from Don could have led to my greatest success if I had been proved right. a twenty-five-year-old New Yorker named David Berkowitz was sent to prison after being convicted for the murder of six people. No. the judge expressed his 'earnest desire that this defendant remain in jail for life. but I did what I could. without difficulty. If there was anything at all that I could do to catch the maniac responsible for what I had seen. I doubt if a single New Yorker felt otherwise. Don thought that I had lost my touch. but was unable to receive any impressions except that the boy had been killed and buried in the desert. I had very little to go on. and a few weeks later I did come up with a name. a general impression . Don sometimes became involved in the hunt for kidnappers and their victims. as you might expect. Nor was he merely testing me . As an investigator for the FBI. It was like something out of a second-rate thriller. It was Carl who persuaded me. They turn my stomach over even today when I think of them. although from Don's tone of voice as he briefed me I could tell he was not playing games. Bresson.' Nor. Before we set out. The FBI. I also gave him the only word that really came in strongly: Yonkers.

I drew a complete blank. and passed on a description of somebody I felt sure was involved in the case. and released on Christmas Eve after a ransom had been paid. hacked off by the sadistic kidnappers in an attempt to force the payment of a large ransom. It contained the boy's ear. I learned later that several other psychics were called in at various stages. Evidently. Everybody tends to look suspicious in circumstances like these. the attempt was successful. I received a sudden and very strong impulse to go at once to a certain piazza on the other side of town. who had been summoned by a telephone call to retrieve a package from the bin in question. a woman and her seventeen-year-old son. some of whom provided information that. A more recent case on which I seemed to do everything right except solve it took place in Rome in the winter of 1983. I had a good look at him. as before. This was in the early stage of the case. and she recognized me. whereupon a Mercedes screeched to a halt beside us. Had I remained on the spot. At first. wondering what I was supposed to be looking for. So I cannot claim to have contributed anything useful to the solution of this case. Are my survival instincts somehow suppressing my psychic ones? . I would once again have run into a member of the victims' family. and then let me down when it came to the information that really mattered? This kind of thing seems to happen again and again when I am dealing with dangerous people. but I did not receive any definite impressions from passers-by until a man wearing a white sweater walked right past me and tossed something into a metal litter bin. I felt a strong compulsion to go to a certain place. I felt something was about to happen there. without knowing why it was to be significant. so I just stood on the pavement for a few minutes. To add to my feelings of frustration regarding this case.probably thousands of men living there who fitted my none too precise description. one day as Shipi and I were tramping the streets of Rome. It turned out that she had just received a telephone message to come to this call-box and wait for another message. Something very similar happened again a couple of weeks later. Correct it may have been. Then. but it was not specific enough to save the life of at least one more innocent young girl. it became known that the police had caught Berkowitz after checking all vehicles that had been given parking tickets at or just before times when there had been a murder in the area concerned. and the family lawyer confirmed that money had changed hands. and indeed it did. By yet another 'coincidence' I had already marked the exact spot where they were found on a map. It was no consolation for me to know that the limited information I had provided was correct. for a week later the two victims were released. Later. Once more. whether kidnappers or murderers. had it been coordinated at the time with my modest contribution. There was no telephone in sight this time. drawn my attention to an ordinarylooking fellow doing something that looked quite natural and harmless. We got there as fast as we could. During the search a relative of theirs asked me to come and help locate the victims. It was after tracing one car back to its owner's Yonkers address that they finally moved in and made an arrest. since we had already met briefly. and with the co-operation of the Italian police I searched all the areas involved. and a woman got out and rushed to a public telephone. I recognized her as a member of the Bulgari family. Two members of the wealthy Bulgari family were kidnapped from their home in November. Why had my powers led me to the exact spot at the right time. when the poor woman was being given repeated instructions to dash from one call-box to another to receive ransom demands. might well have led to an earlier end to this dreadful case.

with my hands. 'If you do that. He did not want to call in the police. and told the manager that the object had been stolen by a former employee. and the case was then handed over to the well-known criminal lawyer Roy Cohn. fearing that the publicity would damage him even more than the financial loss. Could it be that they know. I told him I was working on this book and asked how he felt about having his name mentioned in it. Once again. and it would not be there for long. So instead he called me. even if only subconsciously. scanned it in my usual way.If it became generally known that I could solve any problem on demand. as I did on the Bronfman case. who was now living in a town several hundred miles away in an area I mentioned. I went to the store. including one of the best-known Hollywood film studios. One of my clients may have found a simple but ingenious solution to this problem. I heard no more about it. He is the head of a large chemical company with interests all over the world. however. My initial impressions were confirmed. and I accepted his proposal. my name would be at the top of every hit-list in the world of organized crime. and it is possible that telepathists work in a similar way.' So I will not mention the name of this chairman and principal stockholder of a very well-known international corporation. 'then they'll kidnap me . some of them also from the heads of major corporations. He laughed. Then I mentioned an idea that has occurred to me more than once recently. Perhaps it is in my own interests not to solve major crimes? I have had some success. he would concentrate his mind at certain precise times of the day and try to send out a 'distress signal' that would help me find him? This struck me as a very sensible idea.' I asked him. A wealthy client of a world-famous jeweller had left some priceless object at one of its branches to be altered.and they'll kill you. and a spate of kidnappings in his country led him to take the question of personal security very seriously. Another problem is that I have usually had no direct contact with the person I am supposed to be looking for. he persuaded me to fly to the town in question. but if they do I am sure the fact that I have made personal contact with them will make things easier for me. Since then I have had several others of this kind. I would have to be eliminated. Some of them have even given me such personal items as scarves. The pressure is very great. 'if I were to give a news conference and confess that I was a . I cannot help wondering why it is the people at the top of their professions who are the most receptive to the kind of thing that I do. whom I described. In the case of a kidnap or murder victim I might be able to make indirect contact by handling some personal property.' he replied. where I rented a car and prowled around the area in which the suspect lived and had recently bought a restaurant. combs and old toothbrushes as additional aids to establishing contact. While the craftsmen were working on it. To make sure. it was stolen. to enter into a contract whereby if he were to be kidnapped. I dislike working on kidnap or murder cases. that they would not have reached the top without using their own psychic powers? One of my clients telephoned me at the end of 1985 to wish me the compliments of the season. Sniffer dogs can only find what they are looking for if they recognize its scent. with minor crimes. and the feeling that desperate people have pinned their hopes on me makes it harder for me to work successfully. The manager confirmed that just such a man was already on the list of suspects. The manager was extremely upset. he asked me. Would I agree. but this is not the same as personal contact. 'How would you feel. Naturally I hope that none of my 'insurance' clients will ever have to send me a telepathic claim.

Now I come to an episode of which I feel thoroughly ashamed. on which Maxine Nightingale . Whether I was using my powers to make the ball land where I wanted it to. that was a real compliment. but would turn off at the next exit. it was one of those occasions when nothing can go wrong. I thought. He heard that all right. Coming from him. and he pulled up. We deliberately made our pile slowly. we counted our takings. as they say.000. A couple of years previously we had tried to make some quick money by psychic methods at a casino in Las Vegas. shaking him by the shoulder. then made our way back to the Churchill Hotel with all our pockets crammed with banknotes. in order not to attract too much attention and risk being 'asked to leave'. but had to spend the night in our car wrapped in newspapers to keep warm. I said to myself. and as we drove out of London I kept opening my briefcase to make sure it was still there. and I was literally pushed out of the car as if by a blast of wind. and began to tremble.thing in my head. I'm dying. The problem is that I would never be able to explain how I did them! He laughed again. There was a sudden explosion in my head. This time it was different. It was more than a lucky break. this appeared almost immediately. and a loud cry. but he could not hear me through the glass partition. It answers the question I have often been asked: 'If you're so psychic. followed by a long echo and the building-up of a pressure that became unbearable. My mouth went dry. We had ended the evening so broke that we could not even afford a hotel room. why don't you go and break the bank at Monte Carlo?' I came to England in 1975 to promote the Polydor album Uri Geller. In our excitement. I do not know. a huge Daimler arrived to take me to Liverpool for a radio programme. Later. I suppose he thought I wanted to be sick. is the end of Uri Geller. and you know it. I pounded on this so hard that I cracked it. and I am sure I could get a huge advance for a book about my 'tricks'. This is it. pressing my face into the pebbles. 'I'd go on hiring fraud who had been fooling the world all these years?' I sometimes feel like doing this just to see what would happen. after what was left of a sleepless night. I yelled at the driver to stop.sang some lyrics I had written to music composed and arranged by Byron Janis and Del Newman. I'm dead. I'm about to explode because of this . Mercifully. 'Stop! Stop!' I shouted. We stayed very late. I decided to take my bundle of banknotes with me. or whether I had precognition of the number. and I include it here as an example of what can happen when psychic powers are misused. This. My mind was filled with a single thought: why had I used my powers for my own gain? I felt both hot and cold. Then something very strange and frightening happened. we made immediate plans for a trip to Monte Carlo. He calmly explained that he could not stop on a motorway.a singer I helped to launch . I have never mentioned it before in public. The door opened. We had made just over £17. as I had had eight times out of ten tries in one of the Stanford experiments (which was filmed). a little more warmly this time. All I know is that our earnings rose steadily. One evening. Shipi and I went along to a London casino near Marble Arch to try our combined skills at the roulette table.' he said. The next thing I remember was lying flat on the ground with what felt like a ton weight on top of me. . although I have no recollection of opening it myself. I thought I was going insane. which is as hard for me to describe as it may be for you to believe. In the small hours of the morning.

probably blanks used in weapons training. Although it was long before the beginning of the space age. Since that dreadful morning on the motorway. My next invention was more practical. like a dog with its tail between its legs. Then I went back to the car. but in my imagination they headed for the moon.Then. but it worked. they had no money to spare for all the toys I would have liked. one that many children have invented for themselves and probably still do. but I have learned my lesson. If the finder happens to read this I hope he will get in touch. and it landed intact by the side of the road. They all probably ended up in the bushes or in the garden next door. took the bundle out of my bag and threw it as hard as I could. 'Just leave me alone for a minute. I soon converted the bullets into little moon rockets. life in Israel in the fifties was hard. I have learned to listen to distant early warning signals in my head. as did my next invention: a bicycle powered by an outboard motor. so that the box landed on my head and gave me an extra reminder to get up. my father came home one day with some old bullets. For the child of a family like mine. The result would never have won any design awards. Today. the stars.' I replied. It was well secured with several stout elastic bands. as if an electric switch had been turned off. 7 Small Business Ever since I can remember. I got to my feet and went over to the newspaper stand. gazing longingly at a jeep on display and knowing that my mother could not afford it. I do not want the money back. I have been inventing things. I felt it was time to introduce some modern technology into our home. Watching my mother pedalling away at her old Singer sewing-machine.) . It was a wind-up alarm clock attached to a piece of string that pulled a box off my bedroom shelf when the bell rang. If it was found later by a police patrol and assumed to be some stolen money that the thief had dumped. building a launching pad with bits of wood and elastic bands and firing them off into space one by one. 'Are you all right. but it took me to and from school every day. it stopped as suddenly as it had started. I had moved on to more sophisticated projects. I have heard them once or twice on subsequent occasions when I have been asked to do something unethical. and told the driver we could go on. where I started to flip through magazines compulsively. and all the other worlds of which even then I seemed to be unconsciously aware. trying to hide the humiliation I felt. the time seems to have passed when boys and girls had to make their own toys. I looked up and saw that we were at a service station. I have preferred to earn my living by working hard for it. I remember pressing my nose against the window of a toyshop in Tel Aviv. Mr Geller?' said a voice above me. This was the heaviest and most awkward-looking bicycle imaginable. and one or two people were staring in our direction. I opened the left window. When I was about six or seven. that is what it was. so I took an old electric motor that had been part of a ventilating unit and adapted it to drive the pedals. Before long. When we were back on the motorway. and although my parents were not exactly penniless. It was the anxious chauffeur. but I would be interested to know where it ended up. (Licences were not needed for mopeds in those days. when most families can afford some kind of electronic gadget for their children to play with.

and of ways in which new things could be made to work. We have just become firm friends. and we soon became good friends. He had a small workshop in his back yard. My army service had given me plenty of first-hand experience of security of all kinds. now that a . In October 1974. Most of them existed only in my mind. I kept up my habit of inventing things in my mind even though I had neither the means nor the know-how to manufacture them. from selfprotection to the defence of the country. I do not remember what he discovered. I might be working today as a full-time industrial designer. except in the army. and it was at one of these informal gatherings that I met a young fellow named Meir Gitlis <gitlis. and I was able to feed Meir with enough ideas to keep him busy for years. Our first joint ventures. The suggestion was that it involved some kind of signalling between me and my sinister accomplices. including one that could be embedded in a false tooth. security is taken very seriously in Israel and the absolute minimum is left to chance. He was the electrical genius I needed. a whole page of it being devoted to the suggestion that I was doing all my feats in the laboratories at SRI with the help of a radio receiver embedded in my teeth! I suppose this made sense. Later. I was earning a modest living as a photographer's model and demonstrating my telepathy and metal-bending at private parties in the homes of my friends. and was apparently able to repair just about anything that had broken down. was the holder of many patents for miniaturized hearing aids. I always seem to have had an understanding of the way in which things work. the first time we met. He was as interested in my abilities as I was in his. As I knew even then. with my drawing-board on a screen inside my head.) There is none of the casual attitude towards the protection of life and property that I have come across in many other countries. In my early twenties. so I have never discussed this side of my career in any detail.htm>. In the early days. and since what I was doing with my telepathic skill was clearly 'impossible'. was whether he could wire me up to an electro-encephalograph (EEG) so that he could have a look at my brain waves while I was doing a demonstration of telepathy. naturally enough for a couple of Israelis. and even. Shipi and Hanna Shtrang. if anything. I felt that it might not be a good idea to become known as an inventor. and he was in fact the first person ever to make any kind of scientific study of me. In the late sixties. Although a New York reporter promptly arranged for me to be examined by a dentist. and I might also have spent much more time than I have in promoting our designs and inventions. in the personal security system of a head of state. the New Scientist published a huge cover story on me. and no inventor likes to say too much about his projects before they are patented. to some. A good many of these have taken shape over the years and are now in production by Meir's small company. Dr Andrija Puharich. If my career had not taken other directions. (Anyone who has flown on El Al will know what I mean. it had to be explained in terms that a scientist or a magician could understand. I had another reason for keeping a low profile as an inventor. after I had completed my military service and begun to work as an entertainer. who had helped set up the experiments. Nachshol Electronics.Although I have never had technical training of any kind. at the time. who seem to share a mind. One of the first things he asked me. who found nothing in my mouth apart from perfectly normal teeth. when I became well known. were in the field of security and alarm systems. I said little about these because there was not much to show for them. However. as I have already described. both on the premises of major companies and in the private homes of their directors. for we both soon became more interested in all the gadgets and machines I was carrying around in my head but did not know how to put together. He and I have never had a written contract or a formal agreement of any kind.

including those most commonly in commercial and domestic use. the Moneytron scans the ink used to print the serial number and responds accordingly. This sensitive bird works on the principle of semiconduction.for Bank of England notes. you can be creeping up behind your intruders before they get within reach of your . which does not contain the thin strip of silver which you can see in English banknotes. then what you are examining is not a diamond. This does not transmit any heat. I see no reason not to mention them. its red light starts blinking and it emits an alarm signal louder than any real canary could manage. you are heating it and at the same time measuring the heat flow into it. and when it does. Other models have been adapted to the individual requirements of various countries . I hope the days are over when these unfortunate birds were taken down mines to warn when gas levels had built up to dangerous levels. it works on an entirely different principle. The original model was designed for American paper currency. Its purpose is to detect the presence of gas. but by dropping dead. with the highest thermal conductivity of any gem-stone. It will. I hope. and responds to as little as five per cent of the lower explosive limit of certain gases. although the electronic and metallurgical technology and ingenuity that went into its construction are far from simple. except that they are designed to provide what is known as a pre-entry alarm. If not. and instead of a bulb it has what looks like the tip of a ballpoint pen protruding from it. I cannot give any details of these. a light then comes on accompanied by the sound of a buzzer. it has a small roller which is passed over the banknote. and although it looks something like the diamond-tester. It may strike you as curious that some of our first inventions to go into production were designed to detect fraud. The familiar home burglar alarm goes off when somebody tries to force a window or a door. When you press the tip of your Diamontron on your stone. One of these is called the Diamontron. allows it to warm up until the 'ready' signal lights up. This must be done carefully. One of our favourite inventions is the one I call the Electronic Canary. The secret of this little device is quite simple. Another of our inventions enables anybody to distinguish at once between real and forged banknotes. but it only takes a few minutes to learn how to do it. whereas with one of the devices made by the General Sensor Division of Nachshol installed. then the light comes on and the buzzer sounds. and is another tribute to Meir's skill at packing a lot of advanced technology into a small space. The principle on which it works is that a diamond has unique crystalline properties. If the stone's heat conductivity is characteristic of that of a diamond. but scans the banknote for a certain chemical with which it is impregnated and which cannot be detected visually. Another of our recent inventions is a miniaturized radiation detector. which they could only do not by sounding an alarm call.number of Meir's and my inventions are on the market and have been demonstrated to members of the media. Instead of a ballpoint-tip. The operator switches it on. It is about the size of a small pocket torch. and again the light and buzzer only come on if the note is a real one. This one is known as the Moneytron. they detect the presence of intruders before they have actually intruded. If the diamond is a real one. That is to say. although it is sold under several names. then places the tip on a diamond and presses it gently. just by holding them up to the light. for obvious reasons. help save human lives as well as those of canaries. we received large orders for this from several countries. Meir has also manufactured a number of sensor devices that respond to sound. Following the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in 1986. The Electronic Canary is about half the size of a brick. for example.

previously unknown vehicle'. stated: The intruder is believed to be penned inside Horsfjarden Bay at Musko by anti-submarine netting and thick metal chains which were put into position when its periscope was first spotted five days ago. One report I found particularly interesting. in some of which it is also made under licence. which can be used on installations large or small. from a warehouse to a state border hundreds of miles long.' There were a lot of rumours around in the early seventies that both the Americans and the Soviets had been doing experiments in telepathy between a submerged submarine and the shore. The same reporter had speculated at the time of the incident that the 'trapped' vessel was in fact a robot sent from a submarine. The flags of the two nations were clearly visible. the brochure specifically referred to the fact that 'Direkt-Larm has protected and saved everything from human lives to major valuables at airports. in the Daily Mail (6 October). Some time ago. In October 1982. there was a section of our fence. I should also mention that none of our inventions can be used for aggressive purposes. a company based in Helsingborg. twenty miles south of Stockholm. we did not ask what they or their customers might be planning to use it for . Christopher Mosey. The picture itself could have been taken during an earlier incident in which another Soviet submarine ran aground near another Swedish naval base. close to the secret naval base at Musko. Sweden. which had been made by 'a four. I have done some underwater telepathy experiments myself (not at SRI) which have never been made public. not one. seems to have covered the story more thoroughly than most. there were numerous reports in the media that a Soviet submarine had been located in Swedish territorial waters. or in a military context you can be lining them up in the sights of your rifle. and all I can say . though 'remote viewing' experiments from a submarine were later carried out and published by scientists from SRI International. industrial areas. Anyway. even war zones. ports and harbours. Like many of our products. it looks like an ordinary chain-link fence. Naturally. it has been sold to several countries. On 5 February 1983 he reported in The Times that the Swedish Defence Ministry had confirmed the discovery and filming of caterpillar tracks on the sea-bed. yes. From a distance. The original story in a French science magazine was almost certainly a 'plant' designed to test official reactions from both sides. In the lower part of the picture. but by the time you get close enough to have a better look at it. and that they had been bombed with depth-charges to force them to the surface. which may have been superimposed. One of our most ambitious and successful inventions to date has been the GS Inertial five-metre-long robotlike. distributors of the Israeli-made system known in Sweden as Direkt-Larm. Some said there were two submarines. bought the distribution rights for the Inertial Sensor in that country. It was a most confusing affair. I could only speculate further when I received a copy of the promotional material issued by Stangselnat AB of Helsingborg. The same reporter.building. but are all made to improve security and defence systems. On the cover of the colour brochure was a photograph of a Soviet submarine half out of the water and alongside two Swedish naval vessels. military installations. which it seems it did very successfully from the Swedish point of the security business nobody tells anybody anything they do not need to know. and later in the month it was even suggested that no Soviet submarine had ever been there in the first place. it has already taken a good look at you and the duty operator monitoring the central control unit will have taken appropriate action. Others said they (or it) had escaped. I can merely speculate that such a robot can only have been sent to test Sweden's defences. to judge from reports.

about them is that they were very successful. There was no telepathy involved in the Swedish incident, as far as I know, and if it was one of our Inertial Sensors that helped locate (or trap) a Soviet submarine (or something) then it was only doing what it was designed to do. There are still things that machines cannot do, and in my time as a freelance business consultant I have been given some fairly strange assignments. I always insist on a down payment in advance for my services, as a guarantee that the client is not going to waste my time, and I always make it clear that I cannot guarantee results. When I am asked to do something I consider unethical, the client is in effect fined on the spot, because my down payment is not returnable. On one occasion, I was hired by a European company that was in the process of negotiating a very large deal, involving the purchase of land for the building of town houses with landscaped gardens. It stood to make a handsome profit, but the price being asked by the seller seemed excessive to them, and I was asked to attend a conference in order to find out, by mind-reading, the lowest price the seller was willing to accept - whatever he might say it was. When I arrived at the company's headquarters, I was surprised to find myself being shown into a small room next door to the conference room, which was completely empty except for a chair beside a large window that overlooked the conference table. The window turned out to be a twoway mirror, and may have been installed especially for the occasion. I cannot imagine why a firm of this kind would normally need a two-way mirror in a conference room. The meeting went ahead as planned, with figures being hurled from one side of the table to the other. I did what I was supposed to do, and the deal was signed in due course to the buyers' satisfaction. I did this job with a clear conscience, reckoning that the seller could make a lot of money even if it was less than he hoped, while the buyers were only doing what anybody would gladly do if they knew how: finding out the lowest offer they could get away with. Once or twice I have been asked to do things that were definitely unethical, if not illegal. I was once hired by an aircraft company that gave me few details until I had accepted, subject to my usual conditions, and received my advance. There have been several well-publicized instances of aircraft companies bribing senior members of governments and even, it is said, a member of a royal family in their eagerness for business. It soon became clear that this particular company was thinking of something even more contemptible than bribery - and expecting me to do it for them. It was hoping to sell one of its products to an African country, whose representative was rather smarter than it had bargained for. He had done his homework thoroughly, and concluded that the aeroplane in question was quite unsuitable. The salesman knew this, and wanted me to change the African's mind for him - forcibly. I replied that this was the kind of thing my powers would not allow me to do, and that was the end of that assignment. A word of warning to anybody with psychic gifts who may be tempted to use them in order to do things that should not be done: your powers are not entirely your own, and if you disobey what seems to be a natural law, you may be tried and punished sooner than you think. I learned that lesson after my night at the roulette table in London. My attitude towards the use of psychic powers is the same as it is towards the inventions. Either can be used for defence, or for espionage, which is an essential part of any defence system, since without adequate intelligence there can be no secure defence. Neither can be used for offence. Some of my inventions come into my mind spontaneously, often during my daily run. Some, however, are born in other ways. They can result from suggestions made by others, who may not take them seriously themselves. Here is a recent example of how a potentially useful invention

can come about: In May 1985, Meir was staying in my London apartment on a visit, and on 26 May I invited a dozen of my friends round for dinner. My guests included a Member of Parliament, Clement Freud, and my co-author Guy Playfair. The subject of chemical warfare came up and somebody, I think it was Guy, suggested that there should be a form of chemical 'peacefare' involving the use of pheromones, or biologically active chemical substances. There had been a radio programme a few days previously on possible uses of airborne pheromones, and the speaker, a scientist named Dr Bill Fletcher, had suggested they might be used to control potentially violent crowds. Clement Freud liked the idea. It would come in useful in the House of Commons, he said with a chuckle. Neither he nor most of my other guests seemed to take the idea very seriously, and the conversation moved on to another subject. Meir, whose English is not perfect, was not laughing, and nor was I. Later that evening, I had a few words with him in Hebrew and asked him to get to work right away. Afterwards, Guy gave me more details of the broadcast, which fortunately he had taped. According to Dr Fletcher, pheromones are known to play an important part in animal life. They cause ants to scatter in the face of danger, and bees to muster for an attack on an enemy. Even trees communicate by means of them, sending out chemical messages that warn of an invading virus. They affect human beings in a number of ways. It was possible, Dr Fletcher said, that pheromones of human origin might have helped create the atmosphere at the Hitler rallies, at which a single emotion came to dominate the minds of huge crowds. It was also possible, he added, that there might be a chemical component as well as a social one to the crowd violence that was becoming such a problem in English football games, where it had already led to serious incidents. Yet even he did not seem to take his ideas very seriously, and he ended his talk by suggesting the search for a pheromone that would make men and women more sexually attractive to each other. On the evening of 29 May, just three days after my party, English and Italian football teams met at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. Before the game even started, there was an outbreak of senseless violence on a scale never seen before even in a crowd of English 'football supporters'. A large group of young people went on the rampage, and as a result of their blind stampede thirtyeight people died, most of them Italians. In all the discussion that followed this horrendous incident, there were plenty of suggestions on ways of stricter control of potential hooligans, and steps were taken to ban English spectators from attending any games abroad. Less attention was paid to possible causes of such crowd behaviour. Perhaps Meir and I were responding to our Israeli conditioning - to look closely at anything at all that might help improve defence and security, however crazy it might sound. He and I are now looking very closely into the biologically active human pheromones, and ways of temporarily suppressing them. As for Dr Fletcher's reference to chemicals that do something for the sex life, this is something I have been working on for some time. Now that the active ingredient of musk has been isolated and synthesized, it is no longer necessary to kill animals in order to obtain it, and it may be that an aerosol-borne aphrodisiac is on the way at last. On the commercial side, I have created a new collection of cosmetics, colognes and perfumes which in my opinion have a fantastic scent and hopefully attract both sexes, and which will be available to the public soon.

Not all my inventions are as complicated as those I have mentioned. A recent one is a pair of sunglasses that enable you to see out of the back of your head. Well, not literally, but when you wear them you can see who or what is behind you. I originally thought of these 'spy sunglasses' as useful for women who are afraid of being followed by strange men, though they might also come in useful for espionage purposes. Then there is my line of games and toys for children and adults being manufactured, marketed and distributed by Matchbox Toys. The first three are: 'Uri Geller's Strike!', which gives players the chance to win 'millions' in gold bars, or just a collection of my bent spoons, by discovering treasure and minerals hidden in the map of Europe; 'Spoon Bender', a game which tests your guessing skills; and 'Blow Your Mind', a mind-boggling memory game. I have also begun to think of ways in which computers can be used in psychic experiments, both for home entertainment and more serious purposes. These are based on my own experience of many years as a somewhat unconventional computer 'operator', which I will tell you about in more detail in the following chapter. I never know which of the many ideas that tend to come to me during my daily run are going to work in practice. That is for Meir to decide. My job is to capture whatever comes into my mind and pass it on to him. I do not want to give the impression that I am a natural genius who simply waits for inspiration to descend from the blue. Inventing and creating are not all inspiration; an inventor has to have a reason for wanting to find new ways of doing things, and a good knowledge of the need for new discoveries in the area in question. All my successful inventions have come about as the result of a good deal of thought beforehand about the genuine necessity for something or other; whether serious, like a defence system, or less serious, like a perfume that makes you sexy, or toys and games. There are two or three areas that I have been thinking about a good deal recently. One is the ocean. It has always seemed strange to me that we have probed so far into outer space and landed men on the moon, yet we still know very little about three-quarters of the surface of our own planet, and the mass of water that covers it. The recent rapid growth of the offshore oil industry gives some idea of what should be possible in the fields of marine agriculture and mining of precious minerals once the formidable technical problems have been overcome. Did you know, for example, that the sea is full of gold? Not only the sea floor, but the water itself? In some parts of the world, such as off the coast of Brazil, you can actually see it with your own eyes. Yet there is still no economically feasible way of getting it out. Some day, there will be. Some day, we will also invent ways of making the sea itself work for us, by harnessing the tremendous natural power of its waves and tides. We will follow the lead the Japanese have taken in harvesting the crops that grow naturally and abundantly in sea-water, such as the many varieties of kelps and seaweeds that are a standard part of their daily diet. We will learn to develop the surface of the sea, instead of destroying more and more of our landscape, to make way for factories and airports that could be anchored off our coastlines, where they would interfere with the environment to a far lesser extent than some of them do today. Another subject in which I have a special interest, and have already invested money, is that of medical technology. I have never gone in for any form of psychic healing myself, for several reasons, chiefly because the force involved is too erratic and unpredictable. I have always been very reluctant to use it on anything living. The nearest I have come to influencing living things is making seeds germinate, which I have done twice on television recently: on the BBC children's programme Roland Rat (4 October

contract and private investment matters. We were sitting and chatting with Dr Wilbur Franklin.1986) and the West German show hosted by Thomas Gottschalk and watched by seventeen million people (10 January 1987). and my team will continue to look for ways of making them work. until my visit to Japan described in the following chapter. he is a lieutenant-colonel in the Swiss Army. When it did. As with so many other things I have done. I hope I will be. 'I heard so much about how you can affect . I shall now explain why they may be feeling this way. and this explains why I may seem to be jumping on so many different bandwagons. In fact. Dr Ulrich Kohli. animal products. something I should not do. from California. to remind myself of another of my long-term plans: for a chain of 'fast health food' bars where people can enjoy some real nutrition instead of junk. financial. and has three children. I just stared at his hand and concentrated on making the seed sprout. The range will be produced to the highest standards with no artificial ingredients. It came from the astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Together we are creating a range of healthy foods that I enjoy eating myself which will sell under the label 'Truly Healthy by Uri'. This may be so. added sugar. and I tried to tuck it away in the back of my mind. Israel and Japan to England. and I have recently been in touch with some medical researchers who are anxious to have me do some experiments of this kind. 8 Computers and Scientists There are a good many people scattered around the world. I will continue to research for beneficial ideas. One day. but I was not. he takes professional care of a demanding and high-standing international clientele in corporate. As you can see in the photograph. I cut it out and framed it. when Mitchell suddenly produced a seed and asked me if I could make it germinate while he held it in his own hand. I would like to encourage others to find out what it could do for them. I should also be able to heal people by speeding up natural regenerative processes. shortly after we first met in 1972. where he is second-in-command of a tank regiment. In the middle of a general conversation. or preservatives and will be marketed worldwide. the original idea was not mine. I met two people. Craig Sams and George Schrenzel. Mitchell and Franklin were delighted. Behind every successful creation there are any number of failures. he said. For the present. In addition to being an attorneyat-law and owner of the Zurich law firm Dr Kohli and Partners. I felt I had been tampering with life. Switzerland and Germany. I have often been told that if I can make a seed grow much faster than normal. I did not try anything of this kind again for more than ten years. In March 1985. and I will begin with an independent eye-witness account of one of my recent encounters with a piece of modern technology. although I do not feel I am yet quite ready for them. Having seen what a change in eating habits did for me. I went to see my Swiss lawyer. I once saw a photograph in a magazine of a little Korean eating-place in France called Restaurant Uri. who are already in the health foods field. the experience scared me stiff. He is married. who are probably hoping that I will never get near their computers again. In his early forties. It may be that only one out of ten proves to be successful.

explaining that he had found that he could bend metal when still a small boy. I happened to have had a short session at my . that while he was talking about his childhood the fork in his hand suddenly started to bend. something incredible happened. The evidence. in Switzerland and in New York City. he had to cope with difficult situations or take important decisions for himself or for others. although it was not something I was in the habit of demonstrating. Sometimes there were very tough negotiations with hard-core business people. was overwhelming. but I did not ask him to put on shows for fun too often. This is what happened: The day Uri and Shipi Shtrang came to see me. They did so. including myself. or have one of the girls draw something while he was out of the room. We became involved in many successful enterprises. For my part. Most people would not believe the results because their minds do not have an adequate dimension in which to process such phenomena properly. He would come back and ask her to look into his eyes and concentrate hard on the drawing she had just made. The management knew that Uri Geller was coming. I remember. I felt somehow that our minds were in a state of communication. however. were completely taken aback. holding a massive silver fork in his left hand. He entitled it 'The day I got goose-pimples'. and later he kindly wrote out his own version of what happened.' 'Oh. Uri was eating some salad. even when we were miles apart. and it became clear at our first meeting that we would become good friends. One of the most exciting experiences I have had with my friend Uri was in March 1985. very considerably. He would bend keys. in my Zurich something at which I would say Uri Geller is an absolute master. One evening in 1976 we went to the Kronenhalle restaurant in Zurich for dinner. All of us who witnessed it. He began to tell us about his childhood. and we had the full attention of all the waiters. We were all thrilled when he managed to read her mind and put an almost identical drawing down on discs. and on several subsequent occasions we have simultaneously thought of the same project or course of action. as clearly as if it were yesterday. and even Uri was baffled. Over the following years I had many opportunities to be with Uri. in which I could really appreciate the extraordinary power of his mind. coffee spoons or letter-openers. he would put on a little private show for them. and then I happened to ask Uri when he had first discovered that he could bend spoons and keys. Whenever he came to see me in my office in Zurich and we had new staff in the law firm. It was quite fantastic to see how. I freely admit that I got goose-pimples.' I replied casually. everything would fall into place the way we thought it should. So Dr Kohli asked me to show him what I could do. We could not believe it. During dinner we casually discussed several subjects. The Kronenhalle's strong silver fork was irreversibly distorted. sure. and said they would frame it and hang it on the wall beside the distinguished works of art there. Concentrating his mind on something and sending messages and getting results . sooner or later. It was quite startling. At that point. There were about seven of us around the nicely-decorated table. I knew Uri could do much more than this with his powers. and I would not be surprised if the flesh of some of my staff began to creep as well. and the fork is still there today. The waiters stared at it in utter disbelief. and began with a summary of our ten-year business relationship: I met Uri Geller unexpectedly in 1976. Now and then.

He never touched the diskette. to make other people act. one of my associate lawyers. He carefully slid the diskette into a light plastic folder in front of him on the table. She had to rewrite the whole document that Uri had erased. We all held our breath in silence. something that could not be explained rationally but that was made to happen in the act of total concentration that is part of Uri's incredible ability to create. All of us who witnessed Uri's amazing performance with the diskette had no doubts at all that there was no trickery involved.' said Uri. and I could see him concentrating all his will-power on it. He repeated it. but to no avail. but the formatted part had been removed as well. Another person who may be feeling the same way about my effect on a computer is Avraham . He sat down at the round table and the others standing around and watching him were Matthias Meister. She had naturally believed me when I told her that Uri just wanted to read its contents. Poor Barbara had a hard time. or to make things move with the powers of his mind. Uri took the diskette and went next door into my private office. and I expected something sensational to was as if lightning were about to strike the table in front of us. 'Whatever was on it has gone. also tried to retrieve the text and found that Uri had even erased the format on the diskette. a floppy disc used for working and writing with personal computers. 'Now try it. I have known Uri for several years and I am absolutely sure that what he does is real. because a full day's work had been saved on that diskette. the computer enthusiast among my attorneys. will never forget what Uri Geller is capable of doing. Such was the impact on all of us of what he did to that computer diskette that my staff began to wonder what else he could do to computers. Uri asked me to give him a diskette. I felt that something big had happened. Somebody suggested locking up the diskettes every time he came to see us.' We went back into the other room where the computer was. I thought he wanted to read the contents of the diskette with his mind. a large well-furnished room with a solid round antique conference table near an old Louis XIII wardrobe which serves as a filing cabinet. his secretary Beatriz. held one above the other and brought them close to the diskette in its plastic folder. making the diskette virgin and temporarily useless. for one. He made some strange twisting movements with his fists directly above the diskette. I thought it was a good idea to let him work on a clear and coherent draft of a document. A floppy disc must be formatted before it can be used on a personal computer. to get things done. The diskette was empty. She. Uri was very quiet and in complete self-control. Matthias Meister. Due to a slight misunderstanding. The plastic folder was supplied by us. His eyes gleamed and flashed . then leaned back and relaxed. In disbelief and anger. dead. Barbara and myself. Then he suddenly spoke the word 'Erase'. Then Uri clenched his fists. The tension rose. Then she started the program to retrieve the contents of the diskette. and there were no instruments or anything else around that might have been hazardous to floppy discs. Barbara took the diskette and inserted it in the disc drive of the IBM PC computer. so I gave him one with an important legal text which my secretary [Barbara] had just finished processing. The rest of us followed. It had all gone. I quickly took the diskette from inside its plastic folder. We were all staring at the display screen when the message appeared: 'ERASED'! Barbara was worried.personal computer. she tried to reload and retrieve the text.

There was. Mr Cliff Edwards. one of the highest security agencies of its kind in the country. whereupon the chart recorder began to behave very erratically. The needle jumped almost off the paper altogether. a lot more that my hosts could not show me. and asked me to do my stuff. I never heard whether he succeeded or not. the machine refused to display any information.' he was quoted as saying in the 17 February 1985 issue of the paper. is quite an impressive place. including at least a dozen reporters and one of the few female magicians I have ever met. who had this to say in the issue of the paper of 21 November 1984: Geller took the disc and put it on a table. I felt on fairly good form. and the security is tight by any standards. 'I couldn't believe my eyes when the words DISC FAILURE blinked at me. After my weekend warm-up. as it is now called. where I was to take part in the long series of laboratory experiments supervised by Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ. This was how reporter Stuart White described what happened: Geller waved his hand over the disc. . concentrated on it for about two minutes. not erased but garbled. It was my first day at Stanford Research Institute in California. The first thing I was asked to do was to deflect the needle of a chart recorder that was connected to a magnetometer. He reckoned the odds against it going wrong when it did were 'astronomical'. SRI International. I had already given them an idea of what I could do by bending a heavy copper ring that Hal had made especially for me. and also by breaking his own silver bracelet into three pieces. but I saw nothing more exciting than some people making model aeroplanes and another group of technicians working on some costume jewellery. and an incident that was to have far-reaching consequences. A couple of months later.000 people work there on all kinds of top secret defence projects. a reporter from the Jerusalem Post. He inserted a demonstration disc in his Columbia computer. I will let somebody else describe what happened. and got staff to shout 'Erase!' When the disc was put into the computer. Over the previous weekend. of course. he assembled a large group in his Tel Aviv office. the technicians at the computer centre not only watched me scramble the floppy disc. such as the bank of computers on the floor below theirs that belonged to the Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the Department of Defense. stared intently at it. Everything on the disc was garbled. and found it to be performing perfectly. but joined in themselves. 'I've never seen the program state that. an-instrument that measures very small changes in magnetic fields.' Geller's challenger stated. who was present. looked at it. The witness on this occasion was Yitzhak Oked.Mardor. What that might have had to do with the US defence programme was not made clear. the general manager of Israel's state-owned telecommunications company. More than 2. This time.' The international manager of the company that had made the computer. Russell and Hal showed me inside one or two of the buildings. Once again. My association with computers of the inexplicably malfunctioning kind dates back to November 1972. During a trip I made to Israel at the end of 1984. and then put it back on the machine. I clenched my fist and shouted 'Move!' as I tried to send bursts of energy at the machine. took the disc and announced that he was going to have it examined in an effort to find out what I had done to it. the News of the World arranged for me to visit the headquarters near London of the Wang company. a lady named Dalia Peled. 'This is absolutely amazing. testified that he had personally tested the disc before I set to work. a computer expert who was present. The main operating filing of this program became nonoperational. The picture that appeared on the screen was of a comic-looking elephant.

Somehow or other. and I had no witnesses. as negative articles used to annoy me in those days. So you just have to take my word for it. I already knew one of their reporters. So did a copy (also unauthorised) of a letter written by Targ and Puthoff to the publisher of Scientific American. In fact I should count it as a failure for two reasons. reached the Time office before my visit. for instance. a respected member of the professional parapsychology community. quite well. a copy of these notes. Before long. making the image on the screen move up or down on demand. I did not do quite what I intended to do. It alleged. This is what happened: One result of my work at SRI was an invitation to the headquarters in New York of Time magazine. He had told me in advance that everyone in his office had decided I was a fraud . he told a meeting of sceptics that his 'expose'. he told me. Leon Jaroff may occasionally get something about me right. The other two were Ray Hyman (a psychologist and amateur magician) and Robert Van de Castle. In 1984. as he described in his book The Search for Superman. Based on this material. as he had been following me around for some time and had witnessed me in action. there was a connection between the visit of the men from D-ARPA and my next encounter with a computer. all his travel expenses having been paid by DARPA. This suggests that the US defence community had a fairly serious interest in psychic matters at that time. It had apparently shut down completely. though they no longer do. I was tipped off by a friend who worked for Time-Life that a cover story on parapsychology was to come out in the issue of Time of 4 March. made without Hyman's knowledge or permission. but somebody was investigating them. (I did not know it then. US Air Force Colonel Austin Kibler. turned up to have a look at me on the orders of the head of D-ARPA himself. especially after I had given a spontaneous demonstration with an ultrasonic scanner. as a reporter from the New York Post easily verified by checking with the Israeli Consulate. It was very negative. for one of those present has since admitted in print that he had a copy in his pocket. It was certainly not my most successful one to date.While this was going on. and on 12 March 1973 the magazine printed a long story about Targ and Puthoff's research with me. that I had left Israel 'in disgrace'. viceconsul for scientific affairs. which I did not. of me in 1973 helped 'rocket me to stardom'. for he described my dark brown eyes as blue). I did not appreciate that at the time. 'there is no official reason to claim that Mr Geller left Israel "in disgrace"'.in my own way. it seemed that not only were Targ and Puthoff investigating me. a D-ARPA staff psychologist who was in charge of research funding. one of whom was also an amateur magician. it seemed that something else had begun to behave erratically: one of the D-ARPA computers down below. in a reply dated 19 December 1973. and word began to spread around the building that it was all because of me. John Wilhelm. This time I decided to answer the magazine's charges .the science writer Leon Jaroff had even made a bet on it before he ever saw me. He also denied the allegation that Israeli scientists had 'duplicated' all my feats. Early in 1974. so I expected a fairly hostile reception. and included some more defamatory references to me.) As you will see. and ignoring the weeks of careful first-hand research of one of its own reporters. According to Benjamin Ron. . This was what I was given. which had not even been published. Hyman had written some notes on what he had observed during his brief visit to SRI (not all of it very well observed. The team was headed by George Lawrence. A three-man team of psychologists. but he had just come back from the conference of the Parapsychological Association in Edinburgh. Time ran a story that was not only negative but full of incorrect statements.

on my second visit to Stanford. and for the second target I picked up the arrow but put it inside a square suitcase instead of a heart.' What had happened. it had inexplicably failed to go off and wake him up. computerized copy-processing system on closing night . while Puthoff stayed near me. Puthoff and Targ wanted to see if I could read the 'mind' of a computer as well as a human mind. or even where the plant was. I did not know anything about their printing schedule.) 'Even more bizarre'. During the series of experiments that were described in Nature (18 October 1974). repeating the words 'Don't let it happen' and visualizing the pages of the magazine rolling off the press with just my name replacing all the copy . both of the machines that print out Time's copy stopped working simultaneously. and did three different sketches. In the first. something usually happens even if it is not quite what was planned. though I reproduced part of its outline accurately. Targ then drew a picture of a kite on the display unit. until I felt I had done all I could. he said. I am very confident that I have picked up the right image. so that he was late for work. In one experiment at Stanford. Mr Davidson went on.A few days before the magazine was due to appear. The targets were a church. and began to concentrate as hard as I could. I worked longer than usual on this one. Davidson. Sometimes. I did not do very well with the church. I stood out there for at least half an hour. I always was synchronicity-prone. . so they put me in an electrically shielded room about fifty yards down the corridor from their computer room. (I am not claiming any responsibility for that. it seems that I miss the target for other reasons. although I do have something of a reputation for interfering with clockwork. just a shape. maybe upside-down or back to front. Against astronomical odds. the drawing was of a figure supposed to represent the devil. and pick up the right shapes but assemble them wrongly. 'was the mysterious force that glitched Time's complex. I then drew a square with intersecting lines inside it that looked very much like the original. so I may well have been reading that. it was displayed and the screen was then wiped. I was able to do some constructive work involving a computer. almost the precise moment that our psychic-phenomena story was fed into it. Of course. If it stays for ten seconds or so. I am sorry about that. No sooner were the spirits exorcised and the machines back in operation than the IBM computer in effect swallowed the entire cover story. in his regular letter to his readers. We did two more experiments using the computer. and not displayed at all.column after column of Uri Geller Uri Geller Uri Geller . the picture was stored in the machine's memory. First. for a change. Ralph P. I am less sure. I went out on the balcony of my apartment on 57th Street. This in turn 'sent the copy circulating endlessly through memory loops from which it could not be retrieved'. the publisher explained. Three mornings in a row over the past week. The theme of all three was the same: the tablet . all these pictures existed in the mind of the programmer. It took a further thirteen hours and a second overhaul to get it back. looking in the direction of the Time-Life building at the Rockefeller Center. Whenever I put that amount of time and effort into a task. I simply formed a strong 'blocking' thought in my mind. and a heart with an arrow through it. I always do this kind of experiment in the same way. there was the small matter of Leon Jaroff's clock-radio. In the second. What happened on this occasion was duly reported by the publisher of Time himself. In August 1973. . although I received no impressions of a kite. by looking at a screen in my mind and waiting for something to appear on it. was that the ultramodern IBM 370/135 had developed a flaw in its programming. holding a trident.

I finally added a couple of pitchforks.htm >. by holding the cards and rubbing them a little. so I offered to fix it for him on the spot. so I took it back and tried again. especially after I had bent his heavy gold ring for him while he held it in his closed fist. and for reasons to be explained later I am not particularly interested in repeating it. which it had not done a couple of minutes earlier. the US Navy scientist with whom I had done some of my first controlled metalbending experiments back in 1973. He asked me to wipe out the pattern on a magnetic program card or at least to alter it. when Edgar Mitchell and Andrija Puharich took me along to see him in his office. reasonably enough. a special program had already been inserted in the Hewlett Packard computer and thoroughly tested. The scientists guessed correctly that my inability to reproduce this target may have been 'culturally induced'. was with me on this trip. The first time I was specifically asked to interfere with a computer in a major scientific laboratory was in 1974. although they had been accepted just before I had touched them. which I did on two out of four attempts. the physicist who invited me there. much to Dr von Braun's delight and amazement. It took place in Tokyo on 29 March 1983. They were then fed into a Hewlett Packard 65 calculator and both were rejected. The experiment would have to be in his own laboratory. and some symbols from the Garden of Eden. of course. Eldon Byrd. which was a representation of a picture of Tokyo taken from a satellite. clenching my fist. It consisted of a coloured pattern that passed continuously from top to bottom of the screen over another fixed pattern that remained in the centre. He switched the button to ON and the light came on at once. I have only taken part in one well-controlled encounter with a computer. (I never touched it. A whole lot of numbers came on as well. which did not look right. had published several articles in his highly specialized fields. but no figure. I held it for a short while and gave it back to him. I had been engaged by Nippon TV to take part in an hour-long special. work!' It then worked quite I was every time I left the room and came back. When we arrived at the laboratory. We had been good friends for ten years. Ronald Hawke. for which the producers wanted as much live action as possible in the studio. where nine out of ten American nuclear weapons are designed.) Then he found that his calculator was not working. which is included in The Geller Papers. that everything must be under his personal control. and I knew how keen he was to see me back in a laboratory setting. Dr Hawke wrote an account of this experiment. We eventually agreed to do the filming before the live show. Before we started. ordering the machine to 'work. to help set up something involving a computer that could be filmed. a huge place employing more than 7. He came along when we began the filming on 28 March. My specific task was to stop the moving pattern.on which Moses wrote the Ten Commandments dominating the globe. but insisted. I went through my usual routine for trying to influence anything. He was very sympathetic and open-minded. work. I had drawn a representation of the forces of light and good instead of those of darkness and evil. concentrating .000 people. A couple of years previously. They asked Professor Toshibumi Sakata. I was checked with a large magnetometer probe . These were not exactly controlled experiments. I had been asked to repair an electronic machine by the distinguished space scientist Dr Wernher von Braun. He kindly agreed. head of the computer department at Tokai University <scipics. instead of in the studio. when I visited the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The quality of both their security and their researchers is very high. To date. where he could monitor everything himself.

Thank heavens for the patience of the Japanese. . I went on trying for hour after hour. His film clearly showed the exact moment at which the moving image appeared at the top of the display screen and then froze. I turned my back in disgust. it seemed that it was going to be the same story when we all started again on 29 March. He sat silently through both evenings of this infuriating experiment. and ordering the tape to stop. I went back to my hotel and collapsed.' If I had thought of this at the time. I had already half-admitted defeat. After all those hours of disappointment. but to place near the computer. or about 10 per cent of it. I asked Professor Sakata if he could fetch some water . absolutely motionless at the top of the screen. 'It's not going to work!' As a last resort. 'They concentrate and concentrate. 'Uri! You've done it!' somebody yelled. Eldon was getting as tired as I was. commanding the image to stop. just go away . Again and again. I yelled at it to stop. and had nothing to show for it. I'm getting tired. It was just not my day. only to reappear almost at once. until I felt I was not going to get anywhere. exhausted but delighted at this unexpected turn of events.not for me to drink. The cameraman pulled out his zoom with a lightning reflex action for a close-up. Still the picture went on appearing at the top of the screen and drifting down and off it. preferably running. and he captured the whole scene. and I went back to the hotel feeling very depressed. he told me that when the kettle of water had been brought. The picture went on slithering down the screen. get it over with. which the professor agreed to hold as he stood beside his computer. and tried again. For a moment. get this. and let's get the heck out of here! Eldon has noticed that psi effects often seem to occur just after the person stops concentrating on making them occur. The patient Japanese agreed to set the whole experiment up again on the following day. I might have given up several hours earlier. Professor Sakata's face was also frozen. I had done it. he was as fresh as the moment he had started. I just could not believe what had happened. he never showed it. in which he had taken no part at all except that of an observer . wipe. or metal around. . but that had no effect. and miles of film. as if mocking me. he decided to see if he could send me a silent message: Uri. One of the five or six assistants immediately went out and fetched a large kettle of it. shaking my fist at it in defiance. and it must have been well after midnight when I finally slapped my thigh in exasperation and exclaimed. but that did not work either. At first. I decided it was to be now or never. If he thought he must be looking rather silly. I balled up my fist and shook it at the screen. 'and if nothing happens. if you can do telepathy.' he explained to me. erase. Do it. Then I rushed over to him and hugged him. as I have often noticed that it is easier to produce effects when there is water. I had wasted a lot of people's time. especially that of the cameraman.hard. and sent a final burst of power at the computer screen. And then it occurs. however. The tape was run for yet another control test. . He calls this the 'disconnect' effect. rather to his embarrassment. they give up.or so I thought at the time. I thought it might help. Yet there was the image. Yes. The session had begun in the early evening. Yet it kept on coming back with infuriating regularity. Later. For he was absolutely right. I tried passing my hands close to the tape. I had no luck. I felt as if I had just won a top tennis championship.

whereupon the thing fell apart in the middle. I rubbed the steel shaft of a golf-club for a while and then held it up in the air. the incident put me in good form for the live part of the show. it was demonstrated again a couple of years later both in Israel and in London.For Professor Sakata and his assistants. Frank Sugano. Professor Sakata did not have much to say to the reporter from the US Department of Defense newspaper Pacific Stars and Stripes (3 April 1983).a heavy steel one . from dirt. for there it was on film for millions of Japanese to see on the evening of 31 March.' he said. thought there might be something terribly wrong. and the machine. The occasion was the annual meeting of the Young Presidents Organisation in San Diego. in October stopped the tape from doing what it was supposed to do. however. and the next morning Eldon told me what had occurred after I had left the laboratory. 'They ran the tape back. After six gruelling hours. Whether or not you can get this long-distance still has to be demonstrated. Maybe he should give up sooner? Maybe there's something about starting the process. damage might occur. it looked like it was not an easy thing to do. and it'll happen right then? This intense concentration he puts into things seems almost counter-productive until he gives up. He admitted that there had been a 'parity error' indicating that the data on the tape had changed.' Eldon said. 'It was not a tremendous effect. static electricity or a magnet to the tape just wearing out. Keynote speakers for 1985 included former US President Gerald Ford. The fact that he was able to influence these two bits on a magnetic tape doesn't sound like a major event. he added. However. right on camera. there was work to be done. and how he himself had bent his own key . but in the same room it certainly has been demonstrated. The YPO is an elite group of business and community leaders from all over the world. not knowing this. having parted company with the ring secured by the thread. but it had always stopped at exactly the same place. and if it continued to play this tape. But very small amounts of current flow through the chips in a computer. and not long after my demonstration for the technicians at the Wang office. Later.two bits on the tape had swopped. you can start thinking of other things in that realm. It could have been caused by any number of things. the . disconnecting. was rather more positive. such as erasing a part of the tape. During the show. With the ability to swap two small bits on a computer tape. As I have already described.' The technicians had played the tape several more times. So was I. I was given the chance to show an audience of several hundred highly specialized people what I could do to the latest model of IBM personal computer. and also to perform an unusual feat of metal-bending: with the help of two tiny little children. Eventually they analysed it . It's probably a quantum mechanical kind of effect. Eldon made some interesting comments on the computer experiment in a filmed interview. such as making a chip malfunction. It meets every year for a week-long seminar at which prominent members of their respective fields are invited to give 'keynote' addresses on all aspects of contemporary society from world politics to personal development. and most of the really good so-called PK effects occur at the levels of molecules and atoms. Uri does not practise how to do this sort of thing. 'but it was still very effective .' Nobody could deny that. I managed to make a radish seed germinate.after I had shown him what to do. The reporter. Whether or not I was really responsible for stopping the tape. So it shut down. the host was surprised to find that one of his metal jacket buttons had fallen off. 'and they kept trying to figure out what had happened. describing how I had reproduced the drawing he did behind my back almost exactly.

I decided to try one more time. There were several technicians from the company present. I was stepping out of the elevator in the hotel just as the YPO chairman.' was all any of them was prepared to say. with the help of a group of young women from the audience. After giving much the same presentation for several years. I learned that they had been ordered by a member of their legal department not to go near me while I was giving my presentation.and on me. so a member of the audience had to do this instead. 'Well. Then I made a radish seed sprout by holding it in the palm of my hand and rubbing it for a few minutes. They refused to come on to the stage to insert the disc.' On 14 November 1986. I decided to try something new in San Diego. It was my fourth appearance as keynote speaker . First. gave my usual order to 'erase'. You can talk about anything you like. and Henry Kissinger. and then watched the screen as the written message began to appear as before. oil magnate T. one of the conference organizers told me that the computers had been shipped back to company headquarters in Atlanta for a thorough examination. much as it had in Japan. under the supervision of several computer experts. The men from IBM seemed to find the whole affair very amusing. and they had all grabbed seats in the front row so that they could keep an eye on their precious hardware . and in fact I did three things I had not done before for this audience. There was loud applause and shouts of 'Hey. The audience cheered me on like a crowd at a baseball game. with the help of a group of women volunteers. 'It's not there. they have kept inviting me back. Later.West German 'Green Party' politician Petra Kelly. well-known personalities such as Henry Kissinger and Alexander Haig. Towards the end of the seminar. and the only condition is that you do not read from notes. Both of these demonstrations were filmed on the closed-circuit television that I had specially requested. Boone Pickens. I was asked to affect a computer tape which I was unable to touch since it was behind a plastic cover. and I just gave him a friendly 'Hi!' When the doors had closed. say something!' I said. 'Wasn't that Uri Geller? I always believed in his powers. I made the needle of a ship's compass move by concentrating on it. which I never do anyway. After about twenty minutes. I . The seed was taken from a packet brought along by one of the YPO organizers and handed to me in full view of everybody. Douglas Glant. Then I turned to the bank of computers that had been brought in from the IBM stand in another part of the building. and me. so that the whole audience could see what was happening on the large screen beside the stage. We were both in a bit of a hurry. I asked one of them to hold the disc. and the message stopped in its tracks. There. Afterwards. especially when after five or six attempts I was unable to affect the disc. you did it!' I walked over to the row of open-mouthed IBM men. and ever since they gave me the honour of being highest-rated speaker on the course. which has a readership of twelve million. and there was enough of a sprout to be clearly visible on the screen.all speakers are evaluated by members of their audiences on a points basis. I took one of the seven or eight floppy discs they had prepared for the occasion and began to work on it much as I had done on the previous occasions I have described. I visited the offices of the West German magazine Hor Zu. who recognized me from our meeting in Mexico. Kissinger said to Glant. They were David Kimche. American Express board chairman James Robinson. director-general of the Israeli foreign ministry. was about to escort two of his distinguished guests into it. and they were all clearly on my side. Lights began to blink on the computer.

of whom four were magicians. and there are things I will not do. and it is because I have often been asked to do things I did not want to do that a barrier of suspicion has grown up between me and the scientific community. I could have done so in the early days. usually for nothing except my expenses. who had no difficulty in 'exposing' me as a fraud without ever setting eyes on me. but that is another story. Firstly. When Andrija Puharich came to Israel and helped arrange my first visit to the United States. and doing whatever I was asked to do. and results came much more quickly than they had in Japan. but I will give some idea of what I mean without mentioning any of the names of the people or the various countries involved. . the very first thing I did was offer my services to scientists. often from people who had never met them. there were technical experts present. I am not an additive or a preservative or an ingredient. and I could have won. I am just a human being. Today. For example.' the astronaut Edgar Mitchell said to me. and I do not need the scientific seal of approval. Again. I reckon I have done my share. I spent a good deal of the period from 1972 to 1975 shuttling from one laboratory to another. I am interested in people of all kinds. "Never mind that. but this time it was a floppy disc that I was asked to erase. the most sceptical and hostile of all are the people you might think would be most interested in exploring the powers of the mind: medical doctors and psychologists. for a number of reasons. There are things I cannot do. As the paper reported in its 12 January 1987 edition. On the other hand. this is what I did. There were twenty contributors. rather nervously. On the screen there suddenly appeared the words MELMAGTAPE FAILURE. Russell Targ was written off because his father used to run a bookstore that sold works on astrology! Such was the level of criticism from some of the 'scientific' investigators of claims of the paranormal. Can you bend the spoon?" 3 Omni Magazine's comment on the approach of some scientists towards parapsychological research. and if people like me can interfere with computers then scientists should be doing something about it. policemen and military people that I have met tend to accept what I show them. They will have to count me out as a guineapig. and every one of them had something positive to report. Now that I can afford all the top libel lawyers I want. 'Everything in America is on a computer. Secondly. nearly all the pilots. I am not particularly interested in being proved genuine or false. it seems I have nothing for them to do. it was the turn of the Munich newspaper Abendzeitung to witness 'der Geller-Effekt' at work on its office computer. anywhere in the world. they can fall into one group or the other.went through my usual process of concentration. Hal Puthoff's work was attacked on the grounds that he had taken a course in Scientology several years previously. A couple of months later. and I have never yet sued anybody for libel. Charles Panati was able to compile a 300-page book on 'scientific observations on the paranormal powers of Uri Geller'. I will not go into much detail here. if I had been able to afford it. As a matter of fact I find all the controversy quite enjoyable. as The Geller Papers was subtitled. Most of them had to put up with a lot of general aggravation. as do top people in general. and I am fascinated by the different ways in which they react to what I do. perhaps because I was not being filmed.) None of these people won prizes for their work in psychic science. As for magicians. though. (Many of them could have reported a good deal more than they did. As a result. after he had seen one of my demonstrations at SRI in 1972. just about everything everywhere is on discs or tapes.

during which officials at missile silos would simply have to insert a key into a lock. Eventually. was designed not to see what I could . could be adapted to take nuclear warheads. I became involved in some even more alarming experiments. and at a distance. or make them reveal information. On one occasion at another place I was asked to try a really far-out experiment: to bend several keys at a time. These involved people. Good for him. The experiments went on for about two months. after being kept in the dark for ten days. but gradually I found out. At first. I gathered that it had to do with a certain stage in the nuclear-attack sequence. Some of the harnesses. during which I was asked to work with three types of subject: awake. and their purpose was to study telepathicallyinduced change of behaviour. The project in which I had become involved was nicknamed Kamikaze Dolphin. Among my tasks were to wake people from sleep. I found I could direct them towards certain shapes or colours. rather as I had done in Mexico with the model aeroplane. I was told nothing at all about my success rate. which he promptly dumped on the sea-bed. I could summon them back again. It was held at an army base. and there were also students earning some extra money. I pointed out that I cannot even bend one key on demand. I was told. and I learned that some of the animals had even been operated on and devices implanted inside them. though I could observe them from my room next to theirs through a slit in the wall. and I soon developed a strong rapport with these beautiful and intelligent animals. I believe that this experiment. the kamikaze dolphins would be blown to pieces together with the vessel they had rammed. or away from the gap in the net. having performed his task perfectly with a dummy bomb. others were brought in from a mental institution. although I had the impression that I was much more successful with the sleepers and the hypnotized subjects than with those who were wide awake and alert. was given a real one. I was told nothing about what was really going on at the institute. I never spoke to any of them. and then asked to try to emit these noises and signals in my mind in order to influence the behaviour of dolphins in a tank or in the netted-off area of the ocean nearby. I was given a two-week course on the sounds made by whales and dolphins. and some of the civilian participants dropped out when they discovered what its real purpose was. I learned later. There were many internal arguments at the institute about this project. to implant certain suggestions that would cause them to change their opinions about things. This had been abandoned after one smart dolphin. where I was asked to try experiments in telepathic communication with dolphins. to induce dreams into their minds. although I do not think my powers allow me to invade the privacy of others to a serious extent. I learned later from an independent source (who knew nothing of my involvement) that earlier experiments had used limpet-bombs that the dolphins could attach by suction to the hulls of the target vessels before swimming to safety.I was once taken to a marine research institute in a certain coastal city. was designed to see if it was possible to interfere from a distance with critical stages in the nuclear-alert sequence. I did this by visualizing what I wanted them to do. Naturally. especially if I do not know where it is. When they were let out of the nets. which is what I also did as soon as I could. I could not hope to do anything as ambitious as this unless I had some idea what it was all about. again without having any idea at first of their real nature. Later. asleep and under hypnosis. and the animals were being trained to attack ships and submarines with bombs strapped to their heads. like some of the others I am mentioning here. One of the experiments. I was quite successful at first. and the subjects were a mixed bag: some were prisoners.

That was not the case when I was taken to a laboratory where there was a stall full of large pigs and was asked to stop the heart of one of them from beating. or for whom they are really working. During the experiment. The same writer mentioned reports of unexplained bomb explosions aboard American ships in the Vietnam area. I cannot always be sure what an individual's real motives are. asked me to do precisely what Mr Robertson had in mind. which they never would have done if they had not worked with me or just seen me somewhere. Some time later. Many have immediately found that they have powers just like me. I had no intention of doing anything of the kind. Could it be done? I think it could. 'All it takes is the ability to move oneeighth of an ounce a quarter of an inch at a distance of one foot. where dozens of men and women now take a serious interest in psychic matters. to see if a subject was telling the truth or a lie. in two areas. as far as I know. but one thing is certain: never again will I have anything to do with government-sponsored research in any country. One very simple experiment that I carried out successfully involved using me as a human polygraph. . The first is the scientific community as I keep telling everybody. In my experience. Yet I cannot completely trust the scientific community as a whole. worse still. and I just spent four days there doing nothing. though obviously they were not armed. or simply studying telepathy and spoon-bending in greater detail. given sufficient training and practice. and noted that I had already moved a one-twentieth-of-an-ounce weight on a pan balance at SRI. This was essentially a defensive type of procedure and not an aggressive one. Perhaps you now understand why I have not been 'serving the cause of science' recently. I hate to think what would happen . or read about. a malfunction. Millions of people in all six continents have had a little magic . Again. although now and then I have found out from my own sources. as much as to the victim . I still have many good friends who are scientists. I was asked to do this on the telephone and by listening to tape recordings. one of the security men there. *** While I was being tested at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. which was continuously photographed. as well as in the presence of the subject.real magic. This is not a boast. wondered if somebody like me could trigger a nuclear explosion or. Then I left. and one day I would like to do some positive research with them in such areas as healing. I am not ruling out any further scientific research involving me in the future. so I could not see if I was affecting them or not. and that their lives have been enriched as a result. this is what I have been told. they were hidden from my view by a screen. though it could never be done by me. it has always been aggressive and negative in nature. Although this was before I became a vegetarian.' John Wilhelm quoted him as saying. and I was never told. The second is the group that science is supposed to serve: the general public. The nuclear warheads were real. Ron Robertson of the Atomic Energy Commission. but what it might be possible for an enemy to do to the defences of the country concerned. I have already generated a good deal of scientific research. so I had no resistance to it. I found that I was only successful when listening to live conversations. If my psychic powers rebelled on that silly gambling venture. I was taken to a very high-security installation in another country where somebody with no connection with the Livermore scientists.brought into their lives as a result of something they have seen me do.if I ever tried to use them for outright aggression. but what they have told me themselves.

Yet it was to be years before I did this. which I had then been for several years. for there has been a steady stream of immigrants from Japan since the early years of this century. In 1962. and as we all squatted around the low table and sampled the large variety of artistically prepared bowls and dishes. they will not be mentioned by me. and at first I was given little idea why I was wanted in Tokyo. The writer. and ties between the two countries are close. when I met Sir Val Duncan and was told by him that I could be making what he called 'real money' by applying my talents to the search for oil and precious minerals. whom I did not know. then he moved on to building boats and eventually became one of Japan's leading shipbuilders as well as one of its most generous philanthropists. and what led to it was a letter from a Japanese businessman that arrived one morning at the end of 1982. one of the guests remarked politely that I was not taking any meat. As you will see.One way and another. it has raised more than $20 million for campaigns against leprosy.' He went on to give me a concise briefing on a country I already knew quite well. as I will call him is the head of a multinational company involved in everything from civil engineering to shipping and mining in twelve countries. for reasons not made very clear. and although the names of some of my major employers have been made public by others. blindness and tropical diseases. I explained that I was a vegetarian. and the first one he introduced me to was Mr Ryoichi Sasakawa. In the past ten years or so. I have done enough scientific research for the time being. all expenses paid. I was not surprised to learn that he already had interests there in many areas. 'I understand that you have been working for mining companies. I must explain that there is much that I cannot include in this book for the simple reason that I have signed agreements not to do so. with an annual turnover of more than one billion dollars. where I was introduced to the delights of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at which no mention was made of anything that Mr Sasakawa or any of his friends might want me to do for them. 9 Big Business My first contact with the world of big business was in 1973. My correspondent just wanted me to meet some of his friends.. smallpox. so I accepted and off I went. It began very formally. He is a remarkable man. and it soon became clear that this was not to be a purely social occasion. among other things. Many of the guests were heads of leading corporations. Then he added.' he said. The Japanese have their own ways of doing business. but adding much that was new to me. and later in the evening when the party had become less formal. he steered me into an adjoining room for a private chat. wanted me to fly to Tokyo as soon as possible. Before I go into any details of it. The largest Japanese colony in the world is now to . 'I would very much like to find gold in Brazil. I guessed he had seen the article in Newsweek that had mentioned one of my early (and unpaid) associations with this field. Mr D. Later I was invited to join another group for dinner in a restaurant. He made his first fortune out of boat-race betting. which is now the largest non-governmental contributor to the World Health Organisation. he set up the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation. I have other priorities. He seemed to find this very interesting. This sounded like a good idea with a touch of mystery to it. Our meeting was a very formal affair in his office. he said.

was not interested in hacking his way through the forest or scratching around in river-beds here and there. but it is still impossible to say what percentage of the country's mineral wealth has been tapped. or by light aircraft if there was a landing strip available. Many people wanted to find gold in Brazil.' 'Well. 'Do you have a figure in mind?' 'No.. In fact. as agreements of this kind almost invariably are in my experience. He was thinking of a major exploration. He mentioned the kind of money he was prepared to put into his venture. and on our second meeting he lost no time in formalities. and many South Americans have spent lonely and arduous lives roaming the region in search of a pan of gold of marketable quality. and we agreed to meet again the next time he was in New York. I expected Mr D. perhaps many millions of dollars that could have been spent on years of digging or dredging in some very remote areas before enough of the right kind of gold was found to make the enterprise worth while. It was. I really don't. and I'll give you sixty thousand dollars?' he said. and more than half of it is covered by the Amazon forest. I do not like discussing money. about our contract. east and west.' I was not being greedy. these were: 'Would five hundred thousand dollars be all right?' The bidding had gone up more than eight times in a couple of seconds. but he took me completely by surprise with his next words. but I would not be rushed. but I had earned a good deal more than that on my previous visit to Brazil. when I had outlined the situation. 'I will really have to think about it. Innumerable tributaries of that vast river wind their way into seven or eight other countries. 'I'd like to do the job. After our meeting. as promised. the country's first capital city was named Ouro Preto. or even located. 'Now. Corporation huge sums of money. but got straight to business. I said I might be. Mr D.' I replied. Somebody like me. He called me from the Hotel Plaza. why don't you just come over to Brazil. everything had to be flown into Manaus and then moved on by river. I called my lawyer. 'I'll have to think about it. It was very nice to be offered a five-figure sum for a free trip to a country I already knew and liked. Sixty thousand dollars was a fair sum. it had a considerable stake in one of the world's fastest-growing economies. but without a very substantial initial investment he could not decide even where to start looking.' I replied. and though not the largest. 'and you must make me a higher offer than that. written on plain paper. 'Look. He had already prepared a letter of agreement to that effect. which would be soon. whose office was not far from the Plaza. preferring to leave it to my lawyers. don't you?' . could save him a lot of time and money by telling him exactly where to do his test drillings. but I did not feel inclined to sell myself found in Brazil where almost every Japan-based company of any size has some local connection. I reckon I'm worth a million to Mr D. to come back with a higher offer. but over a long period and not just on one quick trip. Spoken without the slightest change in his expression. In the region he had in mind.' I told him. His was no exception.' I insisted. without quoting any precise figures. and asked if I was interested. I knew that I might be able to save the D. Yet the problems prospectors have to face there are enormous: Brazil is larger than the whole of Europe. Mr D. and many already had. Some have found it. or Black Gold. 'You must let me sleep on it. I noticed.' he said in his careful English. he thought. told me he was leaving the next day.

My lawyer thought it was the best deal I could get in this case. sometimes not.' he said.' The bidding had certainly risen fast. I cheek these over and over again for days or even weeks. and later that evening he called me back. The Amazon forest is the most awe-inspiring sight on earth. Then we transferred to a small propeller-driven aeroplane and headed for an airstrip that is probably not marked on any map except the one I was given to use in my work. you are in a strange new world. which in parts is wider than the English Channel. I do regular spells of map-dowsing. The D. right away. I memorize their main features. though once or twice I felt no reaction on . I would love to be able to claim that I am always 100 per cent correct. but eventually I find myself zeroing in on certain regions which I mark in pencil. Before I visit a prospecting area. animal or reptile you might be disturbing. where a private jet was waiting to take us on to Manaus.My lawyer knew the value of specialized services better than I did. I feel very confident. or even if it had one. with little streams here and there for the tributaries that wind their way into the unexplored areas to either side of the river. where the undergrowth can be so thick that you have to hack your way through it with a stout Brazilian machete. but using my bare hands instead of a pendulum and waiting to feel those magnetic sensations on my palms or fingertips. To this day I do not know the name of the place. Corporation had not gone to all that trouble and expense just to show me the beauties of the jungle. and mark the areas to be flown over on site for some aerial hand-dowsing. a trip of nearly 2. I study maps I have been given for at least two hours a day. I will go back to look for lost cities and the treasures they are said to contain. I had work to do. and it is very tiring. as you suggested. When they do. I picked the right can out of ten fourteen times in a row.a great mass of cotton wool filling the whole of the space as far as the horizon in all directions. So contracts were exchanged. via Brasilia. I asked him to get in touch with Mr D. Remote sensing. perhaps. for instance. One day. In some of my early laboratory tests. and he had already signed deals for me in the past worth more than that. 'I asked for a million. but I cannot. In fact. each fighting for its share of the sunlight. to make sure that my impressions remain the same. and there will be another million after that. Oh. sometimes more. I was not a tourist. Once on the ground. far more so than a lecture or a television show. so that I will recognize them when I am flying over them later. the green cloud becomes a mass of individual trees of all shapes and sizes. In one experiment. On this occasion. Uri. When they do not. but for a sixyear period instead of four. Sometimes these come quickly.' he replied. 'I did what you wanted. 'That's underestimating yourself. As you come in to land. I simply keep going until either the impressions come or I feel that there is nothing to find. I have not yet discovered a way of locating great wealth on demand from the comfort of my sofa at home. and he agreed to a million. when I was looking for objects concealed in film cans at Stanford. and eventually to be tramped over inch by inch for the 'fine tuning' and the location of exact spots. From a few thousand feet. Amazonia is one colossal green cloud.000 miles. it was very easy. Your horizon is suddenly restricted to a few yards ahead. however. and a million dollars was punctually paid into my bank account. We landed in Rio de Janeiro. and making its contribution to the world's oxygen supply. much as Sir Val Duncan taught me to do. involves very intense concentration over a long period. especially when seen from a low altitude. it is not possible to rate my success record on a percentage basis. as I practise it. You know what a cloud-bank looks like . my fee being now more than thirty times the original offer made only a few hours previously. all the scientists had to do was open the lids of the cans I pointed to and check. never being quite sure what exotic bird.

The inauguration of the Mavu mine was rather unusual. but not my name). who named them after King Solomon. extracted from a site which I indicated on the map. In a statement issued to shareholders in October. some 1. are prepared to pay me quite a lot of money for telling them where to start digging. One of these. Overall. however. who became the islands' first prime minister when they gained independence from Britain in 1978. I hope. where Kimberlitic rocks had already been found. I was contacted by Peter Sterling. came together and went on to build a skyscraper in one of the world's leading business centres. I flew to Guadalcanal to attend the opening ceremony. and twice I nearly trod on what looked very like one of the former on the daily runs which I managed to go for in spite of the heat and the humidity. was analysed by scientists from Melbourne University. of which the best known is Guadalcanal. 'The sample indicates a high prospectivity of the rocks from that area for diamond-bearing host rocks. First off the mark was Zanex. a dynamic young Australian whose mining company. Zanex Ltd of Melbourne. which beat competition from several major international corporations to open its first mine on 9 November 1985. it was more than four centuries before major gold production got under way on any of these remote islands. and a spoon I had just bent for him in the other! . In 1985. It has plenty of beaches and palm trees. became the first to secure a mining lease in one of the world's most promising areas of precious metal and mineral exploration: the Solomon Islands. The island. Thanks solely to my efforts. The tape was cut by Sir Peter Kenilorea. but it also has the hottest and stickiest climate I have ever come across and every kind of hostile wild life from poisonous coral snakes to malaria-carrying mosquitoes. However. he and Mr D. who reported. He held the scissors in one hand. I had to take two kinds of pills to protect me from the latter.' He went on to report that as a result of advice given to Zanex by me (he mentioned one of my companies.200 miles northeast of Australia. Immediately after my appearance in San Diego. and also to put in a couple of weeks of very hard work. I found. in which it was reported that 'Sterling is well pleased with his investment in Geller' and that initial studies of the rocks were 'very encouraging'. which I described in the previous chapter. or where not to dig. Gold was found there as long ago as 1568. A normal broker's fee for a deal of this magnitude would have been a considerable sum. It is not surprising that people like Mr D. they reckoned the probability of the result being due to guesswork on my part was about one in a trillion. a man who was very interested in psychic matters and has said so publicly. It had always wanted to get into business in a certain country. I also did something for this corporation that had nothing to do with prospecting. Corporation eventually examined several of the areas I marked on the maps they gave me. and tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. is not quite what it seems when you read the tourist brochures.' Sterling confirmed this in an interview with the Financial Times (18 January 1986). within a year of the discovery of the islands by a Spaniard named Alvaro de Mendana. yet I neither asked for nor received anything at all. but had never succeeded. It can take millions of hand and did not make any choice. The D. now producing gold. is not quite as easy as opening a row of film cans. Sterling announced that 'The company is now combining both conventional prospecting and new exploration technologies in order to locate further mineral resources. and a number of these are. Zanex's exploration thrust was being expanded to include a search for diamonds on a previously unexplored island. Digging up hundreds of square miles of jungle. I happened to know the head of a major development company there.

it took some time to find a spoon. and I indicated a number of areas that are now being closely examined by Zanex's geologists. It came about in this way. and during the flight I entertained them with some spoonbending. I hope they were pleased as much by this as by the fact that Zanex shares had risen by more than 100 per cent in the few months since I had begun working for the company. it had reached one hundred degrees. This kind of thing can . He was also kind enough to give me an open testimonial letter. As we approached Ferihegy Airport. but mercifully our landing proved to be a perfectly normal one. when I start bending things during flights. and have never done any damage to any of the aeroplanes. For a start. We duly met. and could very well be the next leader of his country. Eventually. somebody produced a handsome heirloom at least a hundred years old. He wrote: I confirm that Zanex is about to commence exploration in areas identified by you in Solomon Islands. This was a most alarming prospect. Peter Sterling introduced me as just a friend who happened to be passing through. and very solid. We all flew back to Australia together. By the end of the ceremony. At first. who were encouraged by the accuracy of my initial long-distance predictions. but by the end of their trip they had found out what I was really up to. The most interesting area identified to date is on Malaita Island where upon your instructions we are about to commence a search for gold and diamonds. It seems that the islanders are reluctant to part with their cutlery. I have flown millions of miles all over the world for fifteen years. as they occasionally do. a plane-load of international investment brokers came out to inspect the mine and assess its prospects. So we returned to Munich. Other areas will be investigated in due course. We have already confirmed the presence of Kimberlite which could be diamondiferous in this area. on the internal route from Sydney to Brisbane. We flew over several of the islands. 'What do you feel about me?' 'I have a feeling you will be prime minister of Australia one day. The runway was then sprayed with foam and we were ordered to prepare for a crash-landing. asking if I could supply his three children with a signed photograph of me as a souvenir of one of my television shows they had seen and enjoyed. Peter then told me that Mr Howard had just been elected Leader of the Opposition. while experts peered through binoculars and verified that parts of our tyres were indeed missing. One of the stewardesses brought me a note from a man named John Howard. allowing him to hold it himself for the last part of the process. the pilot announced that pieces of rubber from the tyres of our undercarriage had been found on the runway at Munich from which we had taken off. which was enough reason to justify hiring me. Perhaps I should mention at this point that there is no need for people to get nervous. throughout which he held it himself. Peter Sterling told me that I had managed to shorten the odds from about three hundred to one to more like three to one. it had begun to bend when I handed it to Sir Peter. and we later changed planes and arrived in Budapest. Peter Sterling told me he was a well-known Australian politician. being the first of my employers to do so. so I had the girl ask if he would like to meet me. While I was there. Then he asked.' I answered at once.Even doing that had been quite an ordeal for me. and I bent a spoon for him in the usual way. mercifully for my reputation. I worked on it for at least ten minutes with the sweat running down my back like a waterfall and. The only uncomfortable moment I have ever had on a commercial flight was when I flew to Budapest in 1979 to visit my Hungarian relatives. My on-site exploration was just as exhausting. where the pilot made low passes over the control tower. I had also provided some impromptu in-flight entertainment on my way to the islands.

I instinctively scan shelves for my own books. whether under the sea or on land and including the most inhospitable our modern age. only to find my picture on-the frontispiece! The weird story that had earned my place in the book was the one about the Swedish woman whose intrauterine device had bent while she had been watching me on television. so there is no need to panic just because I am on board! During my stay on Guadalcanal. can significantly reduce these problems and can undertake projects anywhere in the world. Yet vast areas of the earth remain unexplored. Like any author. and to understand the deep-rooted landowning traditions that had prevented earlier exploration of natural resources in the region. vivid reminders of the fierce battles fought in this now peaceful spot. the idea of Uri Geller Associates was born. including the Sydney Morning Herald. its capital.) 'This is one bookstore where they won't have anything about me. and I am glad to say that they paid off. In fairness to Zanex. who owns Hunter Personnel (an international placement and recruitment consultancy with thousands of geologists and engineers on its books and computers). and countless oil and mineral deposits remain undiscovered. Just when I had decided to enter semi-retirement on my earnings from the oil and mineral businesses. a unique combination of conventional and unconventional talents would be harnessed to investigate. . They went to far more trouble than their competitors to get to know the islands and their inhabitants. The concept was very simple: by combining my powers with the knowledge and experience of many of the world's leading geologists and engineers. as I mentioned in Chapter Seven. (There are still a number of wrecks from this period off its coast. I had a pleasant surprise. I believe. Their use of my services was just one of several departures from traditional methods of mining companies. increasing global concern is being focused on the finite natural resources of our planet and on the ability to sustain life as we know it. The first book I picked up was called Strange But True -The World's Weirdest Newspaper Stories. explore and locate oil fields and mineral deposits worldwide. He believed that my potential for locating oil and minerals had only just begun. and several crashed warplanes on show where they came down. so I bought it. That sounded interesting. I went into the modest bookstore in Honiara. I should point out that as much of its initial success was due to its directors' conventional skills as to my less conventional ones. Another story that must have struck some Australians as fairly weird appeared a couple of weeks after the opening of the Zanex mine in several papers. to look for a book about the island's role in the Second World War. they won their confidence and beat at least eight other companies to the starting-line of the new Solomon Islands gold rush. Our team. Exploration costs can be prohibitive in many parts of the world where there are considerable logistical problems to overcome and the probability of making a major discovery is very low. There are many reasons why exploration programmes are limited . under the headline: MINING GROUP SIGNS GELLER IN BID TO BEND A LITTLE CASH THEIR WAY. mountains and jungles. By treating the villagers as expected to happen to anybody who flies as much as I do.or non-existent . a mining engineer who had followed my career since the early seventies and totally accepted my powers.' I said to Shipi as we went in. I received a telephone call from Tony Hammond. As the end of the twentieth century approaches. and after introducing me to his colleague Dennis Thomas.

wondering what on earth he expected me to do about that. It was known. I listened politely. you will be given millions. geological and mining information is researched. and Seoul is only a couple of hours' flight from Tokyo. but gave me no details.As soon as a project is commissioned. he was the founder and president of the World Religious Unification Mission. Lee. Mr Lee then added that I was wanted there for something other than a television show. For more than thirty years since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Commander Robert M. I should explain. including national and provincial governments. According to his calling card. has no connection with the movement founded by his compatriot Sun Myung Moon. I will end this chapter with an account of one of my most unusual assignments. 'If you succeed. The sky is the limit. North Korea's Moscow-trained premier Kim II Sung had never made a secret of his intention to 'reunite' the two parts of the peninsula. One of them carried a large package. W. It soon became clear that he was well connected with the authorities of his country. he said. ministers in charge of fuel or mineral development. UGA professional staff undertake a preliminary review of the area. where I had bought a small holiday house overlooking Mount Fuji and was enjoying a short rest in it when I received a cryptic telephone call from a certain Mr C. Two of the men were in Korean Army uniform. He very soon told me. Three such tunnels had already been discovered. and they all looked extremely businesslike. but it was clearly a high-level delegation. I had the impression that there were a couple of strings attached to what sounded like a very generous offer. . the capital of South Korea. organizations responsible for national resources and surveys. He asked if I would like to take part in a live television show for the Korean Broadcasting System similar to the one I had done for Nippon TV in 1983. having been killed in an explosion that followed the location of one of them in 1974. but what was really worrying them was the knowledge that the North had made unmistakable preparations for a full-scale invasion. and public or private companies in exploration target areas. that a great many tunnels had been bored deep down beneath the DMZ . and when we had introduced ourselves he undid it and spread a number of maps on the table. relations between the two had been far from peaceful. whose organization. He was not a television executive himself. He was speaking from Seoul. and his regime had kept up a constant barrage of propaganda to that effect.' It was not quite like the military invasion that had been sprung on me in Mexico back in 1975. where Mr Lee came to meet me. an American naval officer. and is particularly appreciated in the initial stages.the demilitarized zone 150 miles long that separated the two countries. Assistance from the client is welcome throughout the programme. Our services are especially aimed at organizations which are responsible for large exploration areas. as I was when I received another of his brief telephone calls at my hotel. and all relevant historical. I duly turned up in Seoul. I like to see as much of the world as I can. he began. There was something they would like me to do for them. I was in Japan. so I accepted with pleasure. Ballinger. I learned. reviewed and discussed before my work programme is prepared. he said. Propaganda the Southerners could live with. Then he gave me a briefing on the state of affairs between South and North Korea. my military guest went on. which was carried out in 1984 and has not been made public until now.' I was intrigued. The fee on offer was. the largest ever made by the government controlled KBS. All this one consisted of was: 'Some men are coming to see you.

Presumably it had been booby-trapped. The third tunnel had been found in 1978 after a tip-off from a defector. Yet despite massive and costly efforts over the past five years by special tunnel-detecting patrols, no more had been found. There were many difficulties: the tunnels were very deep and narrow, and their location was made especially hazardous because the ends had been sealed off, to be blasted open when the time came for the invading hordes from the North to rush out of the ground and attack the South. 'This matter is so important to us,' one of the officers told me, 'that if you can help us find even one of these tunnels, you will become a national hero. You will be awarded the highest honour of the Republic of Korea, and you will be given ten million dollars.' Before I had time to recover from my surprise, and luckily before I had replied 'Keep the honours, just give me the money', as I thought of doing, the officer pulled out a sheet of paper and presented it to me. Headed 'Time Schedule', it read as follows: 18 Sep. 0900-1000 Visiting at MND 1000-1100 Arrival at (----) 1100-1300 Detection Activity 1300-1400 Lunch 1400-1600 Detection Activity Similar schedules had been prepared for the following two days, in which I was to visit three locations, the names of which I will not mention here. I was then to attend a final meeting at the Ministry of National Defence (MND). What could I do? I had accepted the KBS television contract in the knowledge that there were strings attached, but I never expected these to lead me to one of the hottest spots in the Cold War, a zone that for all its 'demilitarized' status might well be the site of a major conflict at any time, either by mistake or on purpose. It was too late to worry about that, however, for 'detection activity' had already been arranged, and my part in it was a high-level order rather than an offer. I would hardly be human if I failed to respond to the mention of $10 million, especially if I could be of some use to a country of which I had already become fond. Before my trip to the DMZ, my military hosts had decided to test me. They drove me out of Seoul for an hour or so, and after bumping along a very rough road we drew up in front of a wretchedlooking array of tin huts. They were nothing much to look at, but the smell was something else. It was a solid stench that nearly knocked me flat. As I was wondering what on earth was going on, one of the soldiers with me politely explained that we were at a chicken farm. Hence the smell. He then told me what we were there for. The farm, he said, was located above a disused silver mine in which there were six tunnels, the exact locations of which were known. All I had to do was mark them on the ground, with a can of spray-paint which a man in civilian clothes handed to me. He was, I understand, from the Korean Agency for National Security Planning. Under normal circumstances, I would not have accepted a challenge of this kind, since I do not feel obliged to prove to anybody what I can do. As I have said, I have done enough scientific experiments already. This was different, though. The Koreans had a real problem, and it was reasonable for them to make sure it was worth their while asking me to help solve it, especially with that eight-figure sum on offer. So I set to work, despite the appalling conditions. An overpowering smell of chicken droppings does not exactly enhance the psychic sensibilities, but I began to walk up and down in my usual way, palms outstretched and waiting for that magnetic

push that tells me I am zeroing in on the target. After two hours of very unpleasant work, I felt I could do no more. I sprayed paint where I believed the tunnels were, but I did not think I had been very successful. All I could think about was getting away and breathing fresh air again. The man from the ANSP, however, looked very pleased indeed. He showed me a map, on which six tunnels were marked, and told me that I had successfully indicated the positions of two of them. This is the only occasion outside a laboratory on which I have had immediate feedback in a test of this kind, and it was encouraging, especially in view of the opposition from the chickens. I had evidently passed my test, for the following day I attended my formal briefing at the Ministry of National Defence and immediately began some 'detection activity' for real. We took off in a helicopter from a military base, accompanied by the US Army lieutenant-colonel in command of the EUSA Tunnel Neutralisation Team. He did not seem at all surprised to meet me on a mission of this kind; in fact he knew a good deal about me, especially the work I had done at Stanford. We flew over the splendid stadium built for the 1988 Olympic Games and headed north. In a very short time we were in a different world, one I had hoped I would never see again after my military service in the Israeli Army: a war zone. Nobody was shooting at me this time, to be sure, but it was made clear to me that somebody might do just that at any moment. For this reason I had been ordered to wear combat uniform. As we approached the border, there was a lively argument between the American and the Korean pilot, who was reluctant to fly so close to North Korean air space. It was the nearest he had ever been to it, he said, and he must have been aware of the many incidents in which the Northerners had opened fire on anything flying from the South, and had generally brought it down. For three days we flew and drove all over the DMZ, frequently landing or stopping so that I could continue my prospecting on foot. I often went close enough to the border to see binoculars peering at me and mounted machine-guns pointing in my direction. After dark, the searchlights would blaze and the huge megaphones would constantly break out in torrents of angry propaganda. The atmosphere of tension and hatred began to depress me. Each night, I was returned safely to my luxury hotel in Seoul, where there was everything available for guests' comfort. Yet I found it difficult to relax and to tear my mind away from that dreadful barrier just a short hop away. Why was this kind of thing still necessary in 1983, I wondered? Why do people still have to divide themselves into groups and spend so much effort in trying to annihilate each other? It was as difficult to work in such an atmosphere as it had been tramping over the chicken droppings and the dead rats at my 'testing site'. All the same, I received some impressions, and marked the maps accordingly. At my final meeting a Korean major-general invited me to return after the winter to continue the search for tunnels. This was something I definitely did not feel like doing, for a number of reasons. The most practical of these was that from a security point of view there was not much point in locating one or two tunnels. To guarantee a solution to the threat they presented, you had to find them all. I tactfully steered the discussion towards an idea of my own. The best way to locate those tunnels, I said, would be from a defector. Hundreds of people must have worked on them, and one person was enough to reveal the whereabouts of at least one tunnel. This bright idea was greeted with typical Korean politeness, but I was soon told that very few defectors ever made it across that heavily guarded border. Not alive, anyway. In an attempt to get myself off the hook, I hinted that I might be able to use my powers to persuade somebody to

come over. If they did not believe me, they did not show it. I hope I managed not to sound as if I did not really believe it either. After the meeting, a two-star general took me aside and said, earnestly and conspiratorially, 'Uri, forget the tunnels for a moment . . . When am I going to get promoted to three stars?' I heard nothing more from Korea until 30 July 1985, when an item in the International Herald Tribune caught my eye. There had, it seems, been a shooting incident near the 'truce village' of Panmunjom 'when a Russian defected while on a sight-seeing tour of the truce village'. Another press report a few days later described the Russian as a 'student' but gave few further details. In due course, I learned from a source in Seoul that the 'student' was a foreign service trainee named Vasily Yakovlevich Matuzok, aged twenty-three, who was assigned to the Soviet Embassy in Pyongyang. He had been taking a look round the truce village and had suddenly made a dash across the demarcation line. The North Korean guards immediately opened fire on him, and in the ensuing crossfire three North Koreans and one South Korean were killed and there were four wounded, including an American. The incident took place on 23 November 1984, a couple of months after my visit. What Mr Matuzok may have had to tell my friends in the Korean Ministry of National Defence I do not know. All I know for certain is that nobody has yet sent me a cheque for $10 million.

10 Gellermania and After
On 10 September 1983, the West German newspaper Bild ran a headline on its front page in letters an inch high: NEUES URI-GELLER-FIEBER. 1000 GABELN KRUMM. It went on to give details of the 'new Uri Geller fever' during which 'a thousand forks twisted'. The story began: 'Has your best dinner service become bent since Thursday evening? Uri Geller has been on German television again . . .' The first outbreak of what the British press called Gellermania had been on my visit to West Germany early in 1972, before my arrival in the USA. Then, I had been given the credit for performing a number of unusual feats, such as bringing a department store escalator to a halt and stopping a cable car in mid-air. In January 1974 there had been another epidemic of Geller fever when I appeared on Wim Thoelke's Drei Mal Neun television show and caused all kinds of odd things to happen in viewers' homes, as I had done a couple of months earlier in London and was eventually to do in at least twenty other countries. The epidemic was said to have been eradicated as early as 1978, when a writer in the New Scientist (6 April 1978), basing his claim on some evidence which will be mentioned later, announced that 'the Geller myth finally disintegrates'. It seems to have put itself together again, however. Although my show business career was diverted in a number of directions from 1975 onwards, as I have already described, it flourishes intact to this day. I may have chosen to make fewer public appearances over the past five or six years, but to judge from my files of press cuttings, they have all proved as infectious as my early ones. My 1983 appearance on the Thomas Gottschalk Show on West German TV was fairly typical. A student in Heilbronn held her mother's wrist-watch in front of her television screen while I was appearing on it, whereupon the watch began ticking after thirteen years of total paralysis. In Freiburg, an even older watch came back to life when held by its owner at my suggestion. He had

I put two wrist-watches that hadn't worked for some time and a spoon on Uri's picture. all at once. and concentrate on them for fifteen minutes beginning at 3 P. There is no need for me to appear on television or on a stage to produce results like these. One or-two readers did particularly well: a psychologist from Florida reported that the hands of all eleven of her old watches moved during the experiment. For this is true. They could also put some keys or cutlery beside them if they liked. clocks or battery-driven appliances on top of the picture of me in the newspapers. and reporter Toni Reinhold testified that I had not handled any of the cutlery.M. A lady from Texas revived her cuckoo clock. and he had kept it ever since as a lucky charm. 'It will be your mind and your power of concentration that will create the energy to make things happen. The newspaper followed up this nationwide experiment by inviting three readers from the New York and-New Jersey areas to come along to their office to meet me and try their skills on the spoons in front of witnesses. the New York Star invited its readers to 'Find out if you share the amazing powers of the most baffling man in the world'. So I went upstairs to my bedroom to do the experiment. a seventy-year-old lady restarted six watches-out of eleven. A public appeal through a newspaper has much the same effect. on the following Sunday. bending a couple of spoons and breaking a fork in half at the same time. Mrs Bonnie Harnden gave us an interesting description of her impressions during the first experiment: I felt a surge of energy and tingling that came from my head down through my arms and body and .' I told the Star readers.000 feet from coast to coast. one watch started ticking and the hands of the other started moving after my 15-minute experiment had finished. and a key bent at the same time. Another fixed four watches. a tape recorder and a clock. because they don't believe in psychic power. Here is a typical response from a reader: My family thought I was crazy. While I was watching. Now my family doesn't know what to think. All three managed to bend their spoons into near right angles. A group in Pennsylvania put no less than fifteen broken watches on my picture. an illuminated make-up mirror and a toaster. one of which had been out of action for thirty-five years. in its issue dated 14 April 1981. while a California reader's electric grandfather clock started up although it was not plugged in. and managed to get four of them going. My powers are no more amazing than anybody else's. Now it was ticking for the first time in forty years.been wearing it when he was wounded in a battle against Soviet troops during the Second World War. One family psychically repaired a radio. There was one German. For example. they were to place any broken watches. I simply use them more. which was provided by the newspaper. First. Readers were invited to test their powers in three ways. This was the Berliner who went along to the police to complain that I had bent fifty-one of his knives and forks . as I have shown more times than I can remember. In North Carolina. Two of the spoons went on bending by themselves after they had been put down on the table. however. It would have been slightly more accurate to have said 'Find out that your own powers are just the same as Uri Geller's'. I looked at the spoon and it had bent in the middle. and whenever I can I show others how to use them too. 'I want compensation. At the same time. they should hold a pencil and try to draw in the coupon provided by the paper the telepathic image I would be projecting to them.' he said. who probably wished he had missed my show. I also told them where I would be at the appointed time: in a commercial jet flying at 30.and his birdcage.

three girls walked along the perimeter fence.30. . One. 'I feel sure Uri was at Stonehenge.. but as you can see. She assured us they had been out of order for 'ages'. As this 1975 cartoon shows. Similar repairs were being carried out all over Britain. Things do go wrong now and then during experiments of this kind. The picture I drew up in the sky was of a simple sailing boat.30 P.I couldn't believe that it had actually happened. I just sat there looking at it. from Hyde. the ancient stone circle thought by many to have been built by Druids 3. so I sent it in. The image of a boat just kept coming back to me. 25-year-old Donna Smith ..' Holding out her News of the World.000 years ago. However. I was just clearing my mind when the boat popped into it. on 3 February 1985 with their cutlery and broken possessions in front of them as they concentrated on my picture. sixty-four had drawn a boat. Uri Geller had become a household name in the United States [Text reads: Well I think that's rotten!: After she left here mother had to wait over an hour in the pouring rain for the bus!: Someone moved the hands forward on this clock. produced an almost exact replica of my drawing. given to Stuart White before my secret location was revealed. would only go if you wound it up fully and shook it a lot. I read the News of the World and decided to do the experiment. I didn't believe it at first. A sixteen-year-old girl from La Miranda. In her version of events. One rather unusual one took place in a train. reporter Stuart White and I were in for a surprise of our own.30. I'm looking forward to telling my listeners this Sunday that the watch is still keeping perfect time. Out of 855 readers who sent their drawings in. she began by saying. Donna said: 'I thought I'd try this. I don't believe it. California. it's not possible. Mr and Mrs Holt. with a mast and triangular sail. even after being repaired. The bowl of the spoon I was holding actually folded up. As Geller began to concentrate at precisely 3. I checked the time with the man sitting opposite in the buffet car and when he said it was exactly 3. the passenger being the well-known disc jockey Anne Nightingale. It's incredible. But after a couple of hours it would stop. she showed me two broken watches placed on Geller's picture. while a total of 195 drew parts of boats or something related to them.and it wasn't Uri Geller!] The telepathy part of the experiment produced equally interesting results. I concentrated. My most recent mass experiment of this kind was carried out in England.' A minute later she cried out: 'Oh my God. The place I chose was Stonehenge. I thought about Uri's picture. so perhaps it was not so surprising that 1. with the help of readers of the News of the World. and suddenly it started. told me: 'I had a feeling Uri would be here. It is probably the best-known landmark in England after Big Ben. reported success with some knife-bending. I was to be at a well-known landmark and readers were asked to say where they thought this was. but unfortunately at the same time their .' She went on: I have an old watch which. The watch was fully wound but wasn't going when I got on the train. Cheshire. They were invited to 'tune in' at 3. and had this to say about how she did it: I was in the kitchen alone and opened the paper to Geller's picture. instead of trying to transmit a drawing. . holding the watch.then I just knew I would do it. Here is how he described it in his paper on 10 February: The Geller Effect started at Stonehenge itself. it's not working.: .500 readers guessed correctly. On this occasion.M.' Both her watches had started ticking. It took a couple of days for me to send in the drawing.

The tape in the other recorder burst out of its cassette. It had been working perfectly until half-past three. who once acted as Uri Geller's part-time nonexclusive promoter. although most people saw at once that it was a fake. I told him I would try to fix it for him. I gave a full account of this episode in My Story. Knowing Uri. Rany Hirsch. when I went to Italy in 1971. he would have certainly objected and disapproved of such a foolish promotional stunt. which he did in this statement: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN 20 December 1985 I. Uri had absolutely no knowledge of this until seeing the photograph on the front page of a newspaper. 'It seems anything is possible with Uri around. Although he had put a new battery in. for a good many of the 'quality' publications of the world's press have made their contributions to it over the years. I certainly did meet Sophia Loren. eight years after its final disintegration had been announced. I am glad to say. and releasing it to the Israeli press. who received me very graciously in her home. and I regret it very much. I became controversial on my very first trip as an entertainer outside Israel. in addition to most of the world's leading newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to the Financial Times. Nature and the American Medical Association's journal Today's Health. Physics Today. and major features in Business-Week. but refused to be photographed by anybody except her personal photographer. Any actress of her standing would have done the same. who was not available at the time. This was largely due to a widely-distributed photograph that apparently showed me in the company of Sophia Loren. He concluded. and I have been mentioned in more than 200 others. for scraping a little more of the mud off the Geller myth. . At least ten books have been written about me. Rany. Forbes. I did. Mine switched itself off when its control buttons suddenly rose of their own accord. but refused to work thereafter. There have been cover stories on me in Science News. Esquire. That old Geller myth was still holding together. and as listeners to the programme clearly heard. which indeed took place.' It is not always destructive. I should mention that it has never depended entirely on the popular press. Popular Photography. but it continued to be quoted by the witch-hunters as an example of my supposed dishonesty. New Scientist and Der Spiegel. it made no sound apart from a low crackle. Science Digest. Therefore I am grateful to the person who was really responsible for it for setting the record straight.washing machine flooded and water poured out of it. I did this after Sophia Loren refused to be photographed at our meeting [with Uri]. (signed) Rany Hirsch Thank you. my host David Freeman produced a small transistor radio which he said had not worked for almost twenty years. was fully responsible for creating a photomontage of Uri Geller and Sophia Loren. My activities have even been described in the defence technology journal Combat Arms. and Computer World. During a BBC Radio Oxford interview in November 1986. I am fully aware of the damage I caused Uri in the early seventies. Reporter Stuart White had some bad luck himself: My tape recorder and that of another reporter both played inexplicable tricks. the Australian business journal Rydges.

and told him I was ready to come to the United States. I had no idea people actually lived in such places except in Disney films. There were all kinds of military regalia: medals. She looked about the right age for the present daughter of the house. the footballers Muller and Beckenbauer. which was straight from a story book. Lying in her swimming pool. I put through a transatlantic call to Edgar Mitchell. trophies. pitch darkness and a good deal of accumulated dust. was her father. There was no doubt as to who the other one was. She took me to expensive restaurants. and saw two men with a little girl sitting in the lap of one of them. How does one describe the feelings of an Israeli sabra who finds himself living under the same roof as somebody with a connection like this? I could not blame her for anything. Yet I had hardly begun to enjoy its amenities and privileges when I resigned my membership. I set it up with the help of one of the maids. She had everything. She was extremely rich. and one of the men. I lost no time finding out how top people in Western Europe have fun: we cruised around in her vintage Ferrari from one glittering event to another where I met all kinds of famous people including two of my heroes. but it was the discovery of the photograph that had much to do with the timing. and had done for ages. It was one that was to teach me a lesson. and very well connected. and I could not punish her for whatever her father had done to earn all those medals from his good friend. Torch in hand. all of which I had seen and loved. This is how it came about: One day. but it was time to move on. Soon after my arrival in West Germany in 1972. uniforms.It was on that occasion that I realized for the first time that I had an entry to the world of the beautiful people. I found that I was not only welcomed by the beautiful people set. and I only knew of their world from the glossy magazines and the James Bond films. the Fuhrer. but saw no sign of any ping-pong bats. I took a closer look at one of the photographs. It should have been the perfect setting for another scene in our romance. very beautiful. but that I was enjoying an affair with a prominent member of it. where she would order whole cans of caviar as casually as I would ask for a glass of water. She belonged to a new generation of a country that had welcomed me and helped me make a name for myself. and then she would slip me wads of banknotes under the table so that I could be seen to be paying the bill. This episode taught me that there are skeletons to be found in the attics of even the most . She was fascinated by my strange powers. thanks to my unusual talents and background. so I offered to go and fetch them while she gave the table a wipe. I clambered up the stairs to find what you would expect in the attic of a castle: piles of boxes all over the place. but there was a dusty old ping-pong table. and I was fascinated by everything about her. I assume. with the sound of the Moody Blues to keep us company and the servants preparing another delicious meal. Instead. You do not come across many jetsetters in Israel. The maid said they were up in the attic. Before I had been in Germany very long. but her family did. I felt like a new member of a very exclusive club. I did not want to rake up the past. but we could not find the bats. One corner of the huge attic caught my attention. I found that I had stumbled across a miniature museum of the Third Reich. I exploited that entry-permit to the full. and a number of framed photographs. I shone the torch in all directions. she took me to the family castle. it led to the final curtain. There was no pool at the castle. It was all because of my love of physical exercise. It was he and Andrija Puharich who were mainly responsible for my going there.

It made me somewhat wary of the beautiful people. All the same. I was well off enough to spend the rest of my life without working again. although in this case the initiative did not come from me. and so on all the way down to my handmade socks. ten years later. and suddenly we both burst out laughing. Hanna and I divided our time between them. There was no more to be said. I became as compulsive a spender as I had been an eater. Hanna looked at me in her honest and down-to-earth way. then one more. My daily regime of running. One day. an apartment in Tel Aviv. in a subconscious kind of way. whom I had known for more than ten years since we first met while I was convalescing from the wounds I received during the Six Day War of 1967. living comfortably but very simply. and then back to the hotel and then the airport to fly somewhere else and do it all again. a country house (more of a log cabin than a stately home) in Japan. I was also losing touch with myself. Yves Saint-Laurent that. (I have run more than that over the same period. so in we went. I wanted everybody to know it. silk shirts costing £100 each. I wanted to disconnect myself from the whole rat-race and disappear into my own world. I was cramming every comer of my apartment with expensive presents to myself and to Hanna. and with the simple things that mattered to me. It just seemed to happen naturally. As Hanna soon showed herself to be the world's best . 'Why are we buying all this. In 1979 I finally married Hanna. and it happened at precisely the right time. and a secret hideaway in Europe. I have to confess that as soon as I began to amass a respectable fortune of my own. until we had one of every single size in stock. we walked past one of those fashionable boutiques full of 'name' items Pierre Cardin this. where Hanna and I could settle down and start our family. I wore my favourite T-shirts until they literally fell apart.000 miles on its clock. then another. We gave each other simple and inexpensive birthday presents.respected members of society. however rich and famous they may be. I suddenly decided we needed a suitcase. when we were in the south of France. I was getting worn out by all the rushing from airport to hotel to television studio or theatre. and good home cooking worked wonders for both my body and my soul. I suppose we had been engaged ever since. although neither of us had ever brought up the subject of marriage. my overspending ended as abruptly as my overeating. about 200 Hermes ties which I never wore. just as I was to gobble up bar after bar of Swiss chocolate during my period of bulimia. Uri?' she asked. and so on. to show my friends that I had made it. For a start I had to have a custom-built Cadillac. and from then on there were no more buying sprees. There was no more need for me to prove anything. For a time. Fortunately. I ordered a gorgeous Gucci creation. of course. I tried a strict vegetarian diet. I still have my 1976 Cadillac today. and I wanted to get back into my shell and experience some spiritual peace for once. swimming. It was a very simple ceremony. I had already acquired a number of home bases: a maisonette in Mexico City. Gucci wallets and suitcases. and I needed a period of withdrawal and quiet. 'Just so that everybody will see us carting Gucci bags around at airports? What are you trying to prove?' I looked at her. I had to have a gold Rolex watch.) Ten years of performing to people had left me with an immense tiredness by the end of the seventies. in addition to the apartment and house I had bought for my mother in New York and Connecticut. with no publicity and no guests. and found that it made such a difference to my psychic powers that I vowed to stay with it. with only 26. and I knew at once that I had the greatest wife in the world. I had begun to lose touch with ordinary life.

It was a difficult birth. It really surprised me. newspaper promotion and business assignment. and said so. . the gynaecologist who made the delivery. that was the way I liked it. or synchronicities as some people call them.' he told a reporter from the New York Star (31 March 1981). but I knew he was wrong. This. a doctor came up to me and said he would have to perform a Caesarean section if Hanna did not begin to dilate soon. of course. Take the case of Peter Sterling. can go on for twenty years or more . She fished it out. It was a copy of Elton John's 'Daniel'. meaning that Hanna's blood was not compatible with Daniel's. you did it.' He was not prepared to say that my powers had influenced the course of events. About five minutes later Dr Masood Khatamee. some of which I have already described. When the time came to take Hanna to hospital. and some of them have been fairly trivial. They seem to happen around me more often than could be expected by pure chance. The buyer of the apartment was a lady of Korean descent named Hong. Hanna recalled a curious incident that had taken place in Israel long before our marriage. 'but Daniel was in fine shape. . doing research for his book The Geller Phenomenon. while the house was sold by a different agent to a gentleman of the same unusual name. in that order. but he proved to be absolutely right. It was raining hard. for instance. came up to me and said. We took that as a good omen. are more meaningful. they must have thought. adding that 'we do see surprises in medicine'.' the doctor said. Coincidences will happen. I have been told. I went on two separate occasions to take care of the sale of my mother's apartment and house. This was the last thing I had in mind at the time. Other coincidences. I drove her there and switched on the car radio and heard Elton John singing his song 'Daniel'. he told me that the next stage of my career would be one of selfexploration. In 1985. I did not become a total hermit. 'Open! Open! Open!' Heads peered round doors. however. this was an easy resolution to keep. the Australian businessman who flew to London in April 1985 to discuss the business deal I described in the previous chapter. I learned that the reason for the difficulty was that there was what is called a Rhesus factor problem. Just another anxious father-tobe. They can act rather strangely . I cannot understand how some entertainers. If they were fewer and farther between. however. can lead to a baby's sickness and sometimes even death. I did the occasional television show. 'My God. after signing a form releasing the hospital from any responsibility for her unusually early departure. One of her friends caught sight of a black object that had become stuck in the grille and told Hanna to see what it was. She had been on her way to a party with some friends in her home town of Givataim. and she had to jump over a large puddle that had grown around the grille of the drain. The New York hospital technician who carried out a sonographic scan when Hanna was pregnant for the first time told us that the outline looked to him like that of a girl. Later.vegetarian cook. such as the Rolling Stones. When Colin Wilson was with me in Spain. As Shipi and I waited anxiously in the hospital corridor. wondering what on earth was going on. I was certain that Hanna would give me a son and a daughter. when Hanna walked out of the hospital carrying her baby. . He saw another one a couple of hours later.after only five or six years as a celebrity I was more than ready for the quiet life. which was published in 1976. but he did admit 'It was rather unusual'.' 'Most babies would have been affected by the Rh-factor. 'If there's any chance that your powers can help. 'now's the time to use them!' I concentrated as hard as I could and shouted. Later.

So we shopped around. As we were about to leave. There are more than 850 hotels listed in the London telephone directory. We were all standing in the hallway discussing the loss of the coin when we were startled by a loud noise in the kitchen. I felt guided by an unseen force and moved directly to the bench (that is. I assured him that London taxi-drivers knew their way around and would find it for him. This did not deter Peter. Eldon [Byrd]. gone to the corner of the block. the Sterlings' visit was quite a memorable one. . puzzled. Booked solid. and we gave up the search and returned to the hall. the entrance of which was in a side street that was unfamiliar to him. which not only has a different street address but is on a different telephone exchange. 'Good. and telephoned the usual hotel. The room was empty and the hallway was the only entry.Uri was looking concerned.bent! The other two rushed over. giving the driver my address after he had driven off. She kept trying. said he thought it was too beautiful to bend. I can remember Uri looking at it and saying. She had done this before many times. it is bent. and has a picture of Queen Victoria on one side and St George and the dragon on the other. . incidentally. Peter had walked out of his hotel. Peter asked Uri if he had managed to bend the coin yet. so we would have seen anyone coming or going . She did not have my address. who said he would try it when he was in the right frame of mind or something similar.He told his secretary to make hotel reservations for him. We rushed in to see what it was. and we all jumped up and down with excitement at the sudden return of the coin. It is about three millimetres thick and four centimetres wide. and how she and Peter came along to my apartment to say goodbye the day before they were due to fly out. and had made more than twenty long-distance calls before she managed to find accommodation for the Sterling family.' The three of us began searching for it . Where is it? I will do it now. . The coin cost £25. there was a big conference in London. who gave it to Uri. It was full up. and their three children. Merlene went on to describe how we all went out to an Indian restaurant. Peter rang to say he was in town and would be right over. Uri said. My doorbell rang about five minutes later. He then remembered that he had left the coin in the restaurant the other night. 'No. his wife Merlene. like the sound of breaking glass. the worktop around the sink) and there was the coin in the sink . Peter and Uri ventured briefly into the room and did not see anything unusual. Here is Merlene Sterling's account of one incident which is rather hard to explain by pure chance: Peter decided to ask Uri to bend a large coin so he could put it on his desk at work to show to the sceptics back home. and came up with a magnificent silver sovereign dated 1890. Now I won't have to do it!' 11 Straightening the Record . so they retreated. One way and another. hailed a cruising taxi and climbed in. The driver promptly made a U-turn and deposited Peter exactly opposite the spot at which he had picked him up. an ex-coin collector. in a hotel where they had never stayed before. so she tried another. and it may have been pure chance that led Peter's secretary to find rooms for him in the one nearest to my apartment block. A few days later. . Apparently. He picked up his jacket and looked in both pockets. where we discussed psychic matters. I gave him the address of my apartment building.

the entire Israeli press corps had turned out just to come along and greet me. He was Ronai Schachnaey. It would be a good opportunity for Hanna to spend some time with her parents. Then again. Grand President of Israel's Society for Promoting the Art of Magic. and I felt ready to face my home public for the first time in twelve years. which went very well. they must have been surprised when I walked onto the stage to see that there could not be anything up my sleeves. 'No prophet is accepted in his own country' (St Luke 4. but I had already had a taste of the resentment that tends to be felt towards Israelis who achieve fame and fortune elsewhere. Although my press conference was not until the following day. and there is a mean streak in the Israeli character that leads to jealousy of anyone who becomes successful abroad. one of Israel's leading impresarios. I knew there might be problems. I received a most unexpected visitor in my dressing room.In 1984. who had been born in 1983. for his first words to me were.Israelis can honour their returning celebrities and artists. My five years of semi-retirement from the public scene had invigorated me psychically as well as physically and spiritually. for four stage performances. For the first time in my career I did what I am sure has never been done in the history of the Mann Auditorium and appeared in a T-Shirt and tennis shorts! After the show. Yet within minutes I found I need not have worried. for the simple reason that I was not wearing any. another full-scale media turn-out. verse 23). I would not say that people such as the violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. no less than ten magicians stationed themselves in the front row for the first of my shows in Tel Aviv. The reporters. to my surprise gave me the full conquering-hero treatment. as were the others in Jerusalem and Haifa. but demand was so tremendous that I ended up doing thirty. the actor Topol or film-maker Menachem Golan are not accepted back home. Evidently. No doubt they were hoping to catch me using the tricks of their trade. and 99 per cent of them were positive. Why did he give it to me? Did he think I was the greatest illusionist or a true psychic? Danny Shalem had booked me for four shows. and I wanted to show Israel to Daniel and his little sister Natalie. but how would the new generation react to me? And what would the older generation think of what was essentially the same act? These were some of the doubts in my mind as we hit the runway of Tel Aviv airport with a reassuring bump. and cannot remember my reply. I might have been the most sought-after entertainer in the country for a time in the early seventies. I received an offer from Danny Shalem. As it says in the Bible. 'How does it feel to come back as a hero?' one reporter asked me. he had changed his mind. I take off my hat to you. However.' He then gave me a medallion inscribed with his society's coat of arms. I wondered. I had to take it all back . He set the tone for the press conference. If so. and there was not a single hostile question.000-seat Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv were sold out. I was quite taken aback. You are fantastic. I had to think it over for some time before deciding to accept. What. Dry Bones . had become of all those 'witch-hunters' who had set out to get me fourteen years ago? According to the press. who had been knocking me on television a short time previously. at which Danny Shalem announced that both my shows in the 3. By the time I left to fly to London in February 1985 I had collected a total of 113 press clippings about me from every one of Israel's leading newspapers and magazines. 'Uri.

noting that I had come to see him and his wife alone. as one of my critics put it. so I asked her to think of the name of a capital city. Since this story had been translated in full by one of my witch-hunters. He gave quite a start when he saw this. having some business to see to in Europe. He closed his eyes. Finally he drew something himself. and she said 'Moscow. and it seemed that he wanted to make amends for all those attacks on me he had published in the early seventies. including 'interviews' with my parents which neither of them gave. then seemed to give up. in his own apartment. Mr Avneri also mentioned that I was not wearing a watch. was not even in the country at the time. Next. Uri then asked Rachel what city she had chosen. Shipi. 'This is why I wanted to meet Uri Geller. and wrote the word Tokyo in my notebook.' he began. owner and publisher of the popular weekly magazine Haolam Hazeh.' said Geller.5 By 1974 Geller's reputation in Israel was well established. and he had another surprise to come: Then I interrogated my wife and she admitted that she had also 'received' Tokyo. my famous 'accomplice'.' 'No. and the revelation that Shipi was 'signalling' to me from the audience. he [Uri] asked for a spoon. I am glad to be able to include here some extracts from Mr Avneri's 'Personal Diary' column for the issue of 21 November 1984. After a few seconds the handle began to bend upwards. and did not arrive until shortly before the end of my tour. It was based on false information. he asked me to do an experiment with his wife. for what I had written while Mr Avneri was out of the room was . This was based on his own observation and that of his wife Rachel. Uri asked me to draw something. Next. 'I got it wrong. keeping the paper covered. found a pen. I don't believe that somebody can sit in London and I can sit here in Tel Aviv and hear him. with three funnels. Uri put the spoon on the table and let go of it. a lengthy statement attributed to Hanna of which she never spoke a single word.) Suddenly. 'I don't know exactly what it is. He decided to join in as well.' So I thought. I drew a ship. so I went into the next room. as this Jerusalem Post cartoon shows. and I took care to hold the paper so that he could not see it. So I don't believe in telepathy. but had decided to write Moscow despite her impression. But then I also do not believe in electricity. It was definitely a ship. 'I'm not sure. He also had some . so I was surprised to receive a telephone call from its former editor Eli Tavor soon after my meeting with its publisher. was able to 'steal' thoughts from his head before he could express them in words. and is frequently mentioned as if it were a scientifically-produced exposure of my fraudulence rather than an assortment of second-hand gossip and purely imaginary testimony. What happens when two telepathists meet?' He goes on to describe how we did meet.' he said. and it went on bending in front of our eyes until it reached an angle of ninety degrees. Absurd. (A local computer expert named Yosef Allon had been insisting for years that I used a watch to reflect drawings made behind my back. believe? I live with it. He took it and started stroking it gently. This was the magazine that had printed a long cover story on me in its issue of 20 February 1974 that. isn't it? One way and another.' He showed it to me.Tokyo. 'Do you believe in telepathy? What do you mean. Mr Avneri wrote. was 'designed to put Mr Geller out of business for good'. Haolam Hazeh had tried to do my reputation a good deal of damage in the past. except that my three funnels had turned into three portholes. His wife. One whose tribute I particularly appreciated was Uri Avneri. he explained. He came to see me in my hotel. with no cable connecting us. I had no pen.

He invited me in. I was also asked to help in one of those sad incidents of child abduction by a parent after a dispute over guardianship rights. My visit to the front line brought back memories of the good times I had enjoyed during my own military service. His scepticism. A woman who had seen me performing one of my regular feats on television. leading to a fair amount of bumper-bending and general commotion. I felt a sudden longing to visit it. It was still there. and I took him out to the balcony to show him where I had written my name in the cement more than twenty years earlier. which went down well enough for the authorities to invite me back. They were quite capable of writing articles that were pure fiction. I was going for one of my regular runs along a street in Tel Aviv when I literally stopped the traffic. in which I would order broken watches to tick by repeating the order 'Work!'. I suddenly found myself back in a war zone when I was asked by the Israeli Army to entertain the troops serving in Lebanon. 'I have changed my mind about you.' Early in my tour there was one of those crazy coincidences that often seem to happen when I travel somewhere. and to put my picture on the cover of the military magazine Bamakhaneh. I found myself with a free morning. 'I am convinced today that you are endowed with abilities that allow you to perform feats which I cannot explain. had a broken hair-dryer. though he admitted that it was quite possible that the writer had made it all up and had never met Hanna. and after exploring the land he had in mind I told him I did not think there was any oil there.' he said. had been forced upon him by others. One way and another. and was inscribed with the words 'Now I believe in Geller'.remarkable confessions to make about the way the magazine had been run in his time. He could not remember who had written the article in the 20 February 1974 issue. however. On another occasion. and the car behind ran straight into him. I told the worried mother that her son was not in Israel. I made my mark on Israel in some unusual ways. and was glad to hear shortly afterwards that he had been located in the latter. I was not very optimistic. which he admitted to have been 'biased'. He himself had genuinely believed all the nonsense he published about me. where I had been standing in line waiting to check in at the El Al counter. This one began at Zurich airport. but it brought back the . A week or so later. He forgot his highway code as he did so. I chatted for a few moments with the man next to me. One of these was the small apartment block that contained one of my first homes. The man who opened it was as surprised to see me as I was to see him. A passing motorist recognized me and screeched to a halt to ask for my autograph. so I decided to take a sentimental jog around some of the places in Tel Aviv that I remembered from my childhood. He later confirmed all this in a letter dated 20 January 1986. and as she was on her way out of the shop she heard somebody shouting from the back room. but saw no more of him after I had checked in. I was flown in by helicopter for a single show. It was my fellow traveller from Zurich airport. 'Work! Work! Work!' I hope it did. but either in Canada or in Florida. Now. this scepticism was directed towards his own former attitude. he added. so I went up the stairs and knocked on the door. The mayor of Rishon Letzion in the wine-growing region asked me to come and look for oil in his area. The well-known cartoonist Gidon paid his respects to me in the newspaper Ma'ariv (12 November 1984) with a drawing of a scroll that looked something like a bent tablet. As in Korea a few months earlier. as unfortunately seems to be the case in the rest of Israel. She took this to be repaired the following day.

when he filed a false record of payment ('1099') form to the US Internal Revenue Service. He even suggested I should do a show at one of the pyramids! Meanwhile. please find enclosed the conviction sheet of the above' (i. a firm called Solan. I gave my first show in Beersheba. the hatred and the sudden death. in which he wrongly states that it was sent by me.bad memories as well . I bent a spoon for him. I have. After a spate of guerrilla attacks on Israeli helicopters shortly after my visit. Although it was sold out in advance and was a great success.of the violence. teams of private investigators and lawyers in North. it brought back a memory of the less agreeable kind. and the single line: No criminal record found. and he was awarded the price of his ticket plus costs. having now given thousands of almost identical ones. I have now obtained a statement from the National Department for Investigation of the Israeli Police. The attached sheet contains my name and date of birth. To his disappointment. for those who would like to check for themselves. as Bernard Dixon. I was not . to refer to me as having been 'convicted in a court of law for pretending to have paranormal powers'. is 3772/70. It is therefore rather exaggerated. The true facts are these: In December 1970. I was able to make a modest contribution to peace in the Middle East. however. I cannot remember anything special about the performance. A translation of this letter can be found in John Wilhelm's The Search for Superman. The same cannot be said of all of my attackers. It had promised a demonstration of psychic powers. with the help of news clipping services. but in his opinion it was just another display of stage magic. The summons. One of them resorted to illegal activity in his efforts to incriminate me in 1985. much to his delight. my exhausting tour went on and was sent to Solan and not to me. Dated 2 December 1984. The case file number. using a false name but having somehow or other learned the correct sum I had received for an engagement overseas. Europe and Israel. Central and South America. and I did so rather more thoroughly than any of my critics have bothered to do. I have never replied in the past to any of my individual critics. have resulted in a staggering amount of information and have been carried out entirely within the law. So he went along to the local civil court and made a complaint against my promoters. it reads: 'At your request. The first I ever heard of the case was when I read in a newspaper that a member of the public had paid the fine and enclosed an ironic little fable in a letter he sent to the court. Just to make quite sure that I had never committed any crimes that might have slipped my memory. and me. no doubt. and one of my shows was in the town of Beersheba. I was able to obtain documentary evidence from the Hashalom Civil Court that the complaint was heard in my absence. reporters and journalists. . a former editor of the New Scientist. the authorities decided that a return trip was not advisable. when Ezer Weissman introduced me to the Egyptian diplomatic envoy in Israel. did in the issue of 22 October 1975 of a journal called World Medicine. but a short time after it a student named Uri Goldstein decided that he had been deceived by the poster used to advertise the show. to say the least. some involving the Freedom of Information Act. of an incident which has been inflated beyond all reasonable proportions by the witch-hunters. all of whose thorough and tedious inquiries. all of which came to the equivalent of a few American dollars. The court heard and upheld his complaint. been doing a good deal of research of my own into some of the more persistent of them. Eventually. and he told me I would be welcome to visit Egypt. Japan.e. I went to some trouble to look into the facts of this case in 1984 and 1985. if there ever was one.

so he told me the number of the man's car licence-plate and asked me to produce it 'clairvoyantly' during the performance. but he insisted and I finally agreed to keep him quiet.subject to taxation on this in the US. magazines. This did not sound like the behaviour of the Russell I knew. which was quite true. even by people who would check their facts carefully if they were holding forth in public about their own professional specialities. It is then regarded as established fact. who was. At least. and a beginner in show business. Amnon was horrified. I obeyed both his orders. I never ever did the licence-plate trick. In 1970. whose findings you can read in The Geller Papers. the allegation is accepted without question. or any other kind of deliberate deception again. though not for more than four or five performances. I thought this was a stupid idea. When I recently had it moved out of my home. I was in no position to argue with a man far more experienced than I. While I am in this record-straightening mood. I am sorry for some of the more extreme witch-hunters and I pity them. I have amassed an enormous pile of documentation. from newspapers. The denunciation is repeated again and again. The promoter of this particular event felt that my act was becoming a little repetitive. All he had said was that he had never personally done a successful experiment in metal-bending with me. 'It's a complete fabrication. At the same time. who was then the dean of the Law School at the Hebrew University and went on to become a member of the Israeli cabinet. I gave in. less than a year after my first public performance. I was booked to appear at the Beit Hachaial (Soldiers' Home) auditorium in Tel Aviv. a friend called me from the USA to let me know that Russell Targ had apparently just denounced me in public as a fake. a cheat and even a thief. and he thought it would be a good idea to add some trickery to the genuine displays of psychic power. At the age of twenty-four. after all. helping me earn my living. since I was never resident there. some of them unknown to me. and I am sure that will not stop the . One way and another.' he told me. he had been quoted as having done so. he told me I should be co-operating with scientists and trying to find out more about the workings of the human mind. and I told him so. lectures. He was so pleased with the result that he persuaded me to include it in my repertoire. The rest was pure invention. however dubious the original sources may be. In January 1986. and as soon as the opportunity arose I offered my services to the scientists I have already mentioned. though I also have to thank them for making their priceless contribution to the Geller myth over the past fifteen years or so. I keep receiving more from unexpected sources. and made me promise never to cheapen my talents again. A curious thing I have noticed again and again over the years is that when somebody like me is denounced as a cheat. who have been helping me compile such a valuable archive. A friend of his whom he particularly wanted to impress was coming to see the show. radio and television shows. I weighed it and found it came to more than 100 kilograms. which was quite true and which he had already said several times in print. which I described in more detail in My Story. let me now give you the facts concerning my very brief career as a stage 'magician'. so I called him up at once to check exactly what he had said at the meeting mentioned. Here is a very recent example of how this process gets under way. press conferences and private conversations. Then I confessed what I had done against my better judgment to a trusted and respected friend Dr Amnon Rubinstein. and I am grateful to all those well-wishers.

Professor John Taylor. Henry Kissinger. . asked me to do several experiments in his own laboratory. head of the electrical engineering department at City University. and gave an accurate description of it in a lecture in London in 1985. however. Jorge Luiz Serrano and a spokesman for the Korean defence ministry. Clive Menell. such as bending a piece of metal that was fixed to a letter-scale. I did this. and in Arthur C. however. Why? Because they published positive results? According to Professor Ellison. I find it quite amusing that those same critics who reject what they read in Nature will accept the second-hand libels they read in the popular press. Fortunately. and so it would have gone on. 'He did take the door-key out of my hand. who witnessed the incident at point-blank range. They must all have been deceived by a conjuror . I can only say that I have discovered that I have a new talent: for inducing loss of memory in others. 'and he placed it on a firm metal surface while stroking it. I referred earlier to the New Scientist article (6 April 1978) in which the 'final disintegration' of the Geller myth was announced. confirmed by so many distinguished scientists and others. his mind had been changed for him by somebody who was not even present. the reason why people tend to change their minds after witnessing something unusual is quite simple. which he repeated in print in The Times Higher Education supplement for 22 August 1986. to me. I can't believe it!' Ten years later. most of them physicists. and various other things. when the Mail on Sunday contacted them in 1986. . another magician would have come along and said the first one's controls were no good. retrocognitive dissonance works both ways.' they say.that is. Clarke saw his own key bend in front of his eyes during one of the visits I made to Professor John Hasted's laboratory in London in 1974. On the other hand. Even more curious. It is not necessary to look further into these matters: it would merely be a waste of time.' 'Interesting indeed. according to Professor Arthur Ellison. All the claims. submit to all kinds of controlled experiments directed by professional scientists. 'Such occurrences are "impossible". Among those who suffered recently from this complaint. many of whose contributors 'must now wish that the entire edition had dematerialized'. and sometimes it can help straighten the record rather than distort it. 'My God!' he said at the time. He describes The Geller Papers as an 'astounding farrago'. The man who . 'therefore they cannot happen. who then publish their findings in respectable science journals. . is the fact that some people will not even accept the evidence of their own eyes.debunkers from writing one more lie into their versions of history. The writer Arthur C. when I go from one scientific laboratory to another. must be false. but then allow others to change their minds for them. were President Carter. but later he concluded that I must be a fraud simply because I would not agree to do them all again after some magician or other had told him how to tighten up his controls.' Several people mentioned in this book have later suffered attacks of what Brian Inglis calls retrocognitive dissonance . for example. Interesting. it is a very different story. He forgets to mention that his own thumb was on top of his key as it bent. they say one thing to me when I meet them and something quite different to some reporter or other several years later.' he wrote. And nobody likes to be thought naive: better to keep quiet. Mr Clarke has some strange views on scientific research. 'it's all coming true. This is what I wrote about in Childhood's End. Or they may accept it at first. Even if I had done this. Clarke's World of Strange Powers (1984) he quoted my account of the episode and accused me of faulty memory. . writing in the article mentioned above. to say the least .

I left Israel totally exhausted both physically and mentally after so many performances and interviews.allegedly provided the evidence for this was a former manager of mine named Yasha Katz. and soon after we had taken off and the . Life is full of synchronicities. was also freely available for questioning by all and sundry. now was the time for the authorities to catch up with me. there was no such inquiry or any reason for one. and I vowed I would never do another like it. which had no extradition treaty with Israel. and nodded politely to him. or was cheating while performing either on or off stage. I confirm that all the information I gave [in 1977] about him and his relatives. and my daily appearances in every major town in the country were well advertised. referring to me. I got in touch with Yasha and explained that although I forgave him for having done me a good deal of harm in the past. and Mr Shtrang. Shipi. I specify that people who wanted to damage Uri Geller approached me at that time [1977] and pressed me to make statements aimed at harming him. I confirm that everything I said was a consequence of the fact that there had been a disagreement between myself and Mr Geller. If I was indeed wanted for questioning in Israel. I noticed a man of about my age looking at me and smiling. Then it was time to embark. 'I was hurt because you left me. One of my most persistent detractors credited him with 'the single greatest indictment of Uri Geller I have ever heard'. It is not true that I said Uri Geller was a fake. and I seem to receive much of my share of them at airports or in aeroplanes. 'You were the love of my life. I wanted him to set the record straight. My arrival in November 1984 was plastered all over the newspapers. some of which were printed in a journal called the Skeptical Inquirer (Spring/Summer 1978). Soon after my arrival. was lacking any real basis and was false. It is not true that Uri Geller fled to 'exile' in Mexico because of an inquiry into him by Israeli authorities. I assumed he had recognized me from one of my shows. and I went along with what the others were saying because I wanted to hurt you back. Another person whose reported statements surprised me in the past was my former girl-friend Iris Davidesco. and to have made my peace with so many detractors of the past. Yasha was quoted as having made a number of allegations. As I waited in the lounge of Tel Aviv airport for my London flight. All the same. I agreed under pressure. I was surprised to read in the newspaper Ma'ariv (9 November 1984) that Yasha was now stating: 'Never did I say that he is not real'. and it was the only way I could. and gave information that was completely untrue. Among Yasha's allegations were that Shipi and I had 'taken refuge' in Mexico. I gave enough press conferences for everybody in the whole of Israel to question me as much as they liked.a problem with which many entertainers are familiar. I specify that people who wanted to harm Uri Geller used me for the purpose of damaging Uri Geller in an unjustifiable way. whom [sic] I thought owed me certain payments. As far as I know. Uri. It had been my most gruelling tour since Brazil in 1976. It is also of course untrue that I helped him cheat in any way. who arrived later in my tour. with whom I parted company in 1974 after a disagreement over his share of my takings .' she told me when we met.' In February 1985. Here is part of the affidavit he signed on 10 December 1984 in the presence of lawyer Moshe Ben-Haim: I have known Uri Geller since 1971. and were 'wanted for questioning' in Israel in connection with Shipi's military service. it was very good to have been welcomed home so warmly. I was even more surprised to hear that he had wanted to help promote my tour and have his name on the posters along with that of Danny Shalem. with whom I had a somewhat public but nevertheless satisfying reconciliation.

. 'Do you remember?' 'well.' he went on. For the benefit of those who still believe the witch-hunters' claim that I learned all my tricks from Shipi Shtrang (who was only a few months old when the incident in question took place). Avi was flying on to Canada. I felt a tap on my shoulder. and had no idea how strong the undercurrent was or what to do if I got myself caught in it. just past the steps leading to the new swimming-pool. now sitting right behind me. but mercifully he was stronger than I and a good swimmer. At this point we stopped among some larger trees covering the footpath.' he said. near Ashdod. We had a good chat about old times and promised to keep in touch when we said goodbye to each other at Heathrow Airport. but as a kid twelve years old I put the thought away as 'So what?' We kept on walking to our class-house and that was it. dated 10 June 1985: The first and only time I remember you demonstrating your powers was on a warm summer afternoon. I really do not think you even knew what it all meant. so I said. I was a terrible swimmer then. 'See what I can do with it. I had nearly drowned the pair of us in my panic. in 1955 and 1956.' You laughed. 7 A Heath cartoon from the Sunday Times. 'you wouldn't be on this aeroplane. It was very natural to you. You took your watch off your wrist and gave it to me so that I could admire it. and I said. . I saw you in the airport. 1973. 'Uri. I had gone swimming in the sea one day with some of the other boys.' 'What do you mean?' 'Don't you remember the day you nearly drowned when you were ten years old?' 'Avi!' I exclaimed. and he managed to drag me to the beach. Of course I remembered now. I was sure that you did not touch the knob. where he now lives. or anywhere else. which is just what had happened.' he said. (signed) Abraham Setton . During my brief stay at the kibbutz at Hatzor. 'If it wasn't for me.' 'Look again. 'I think you're playing with the knob on the watch. ['Actually I think it says something enormously important about modern cutlery'] 6 A Marc cartoon from The Times. 1986.' I replied.' Then I took a closer look. Then the hands started to move forward on their own. and later backwards. and since I had already begun to plan this book I asked him to write to me with his account of an unusual episode from the same period as my near-drowning. 'Don't you remember me?' His face looked vaguely familiar. here is part of the long letter Avi sent me. 'yes. but I could not put a name to it. and you liked the idea of 'Look what I can do' . which was Avi. and you said.' I watched you take it in your hand and hold it tightly. What I had done was clutch in terror at the only person within reach. but I thought just the same that you were playing some trick on me. It was the man from the lounge. I thought it was a great watch. look at my face. which he also remembered clearly. To our left was a good-sized grassed area and to our right a hill with young pine trees. I must admit that I did dismiss it as just some crazy thing you were doing. I thought you were playing tricks. We were walking on a footpath across from the main dining-hall. I think it was a gift from your Dad.'fasten seat belts' sign had been switched off. 'Do it again without touching the knob. He was right but for him I would not have been on that aeroplane. and did it again.

Victoria, BC, Canada My arrival in London in February 1985 was the direct result of yet another of those airline coincidences. This one came about like this: When Daniel was three, in 1984, it was time for some serious discussion between Hanna and me about where we wanted him to grow up and go to school. We could not go on carting him and Natalie around the world indefinitely from one of our home bases to another, as we had done throughout their lives to date. We needed a more permanent home base somewhere. At about that time, the British businessman Richard Branson invited me to come along on the inaugural flight of his Virgin Airlines, from London to New York. As you would expect from the owner of a successful record company, he put on quite a show, and the send-off at Heathrow left me fairly exhausted even before we got off the ground. I made my way to my seat in the first-class section of the Boeing 747 and collapsed into it, hardly noticing who was already seated beside me. He was a comic-looking and amiable fellow with a beard and a lively glint in his eyes, and before long we began to make polite conversation. He introduced himself, and although I knew nothing about him I commented on the fact that we both had the same family name: Freud - my mother's maiden name. My mother's family comes from Vienna, although she was born in Berlin and brought up in Budapest. She has always been told that her father and Sigmund Freud were second or third cousins, although I have not been able to trace the exact connection. My fellow passenger had never had any such difficulty, however, for he was the grandson of the founder of psychoanalysis. We had a pleasant flight chatting about food, music, horses and women, about all of which he seemed to know a good deal. I invited him to come and spend a couple of days at my mother's house in Connecticut, and it was only there that I found out who he was: Clement Freud, Liberal Member of Parliament, veteran radio and television personality and author of several books. When I happened to mention that I was looking for a new home base, he immediately suggested England. 'It's a civilized country,' he assured me. It sounded like the right choice to me. I had been given an English education, in Cyprus, and I could not wish for a better one for my own children. I already had many friends and contacts in London, and on the whole I had always been well treated by the British media, which did more than any other to help me make an international name for myself back in the early seventies. Another advantage was that my secret hideaway in Europe was only a short flight away. Finally, after watching one more television item about increasing crime and drug addiction among New York school children, I decided that all roads seemed to lead to London. Clement Freud told me how to go about satisfying the British authorities that I qualified for residential status, while making it quite clear that he was in no position to obtain any special favours for me, for which I never asked him. So, after going through the normal channels, I and the rest of the Geller family took up residence in a whole floor of an apartment building overlooking the treetops of Hyde Park. Clement and I became good friends. Soon after I arrived in England we bought a racehorse together, naming her Spoonbender and entrusting her to the care of the well-known trainer Toby Balding. She came in sixth in her first race, and third in her second. On 26 November 1986 I went along to see her in action for the first time, in the 3.30 race at Huntingdon, having told the press the day before that I was going to give her a little telepathic help from my seat in the grandstand. One racing expert who was not too impressed was Templegate of The Sun, who announced in the

race-day issue of his paper that he preferred to concentrate his energies on the form book, reckoning that the favourite, Preacher's Gem 'is more than good enough to thwart Uri's psychic powers'. He went on: Uri, who does not gamble, is anxious to point out that should another horse be leading Spoonbender by a healthy margin at the last flight, he would not try to will it to fail. 'There is evidence that it can be achieved,' he said. 'But I would never use my powers in a negative sense. I will be quite happy if the horse comes second or third providing I believe I have heightened her performance.' My horse got off to a slow start, and was lying in eighth position out of nineteen as the field leaped over the hurdles. On the final straight, she showed what she could do and moved steadily ahead, finishing with her nose a couple of feet behind that of the winner. The favourite was nowhere in sight. I was relieved, in a way, that Spoonbender had not quite made it. If she had come in first, I am sure there would have been allegations that I had been doping her or poisoning the other horses, or maybe putting a curse on them. I was satisfied with second place, and from what I saw I reckoned that my horse did not really need any extra-sensory help to win one day. On another occasion in 1985, I gave Clement Freud and a number of his friends a spontaneous demonstration of my own winning methods. The occasion was a garden party at his country home, where I made use of my magic number: eleven. When it was time to buy tickets for the raffle, I asked for the numbers 111 and 121 (eleven times eleven). The first won me a handsome Wedgwood plate decorated with the portraits of distinguished Liberal Politicians of the past, and the second won the top prize, a huge hamper of luxurious food and drink. I gave this back, in order not to appear to be overdoing things. At Clement's party, I met a man who, like John Howard in Australia, gave me the impression that he could become prime minister of his country one day. This was Dr David Owen, leader of the Social Democratic Party. I bent a spoon for him while he was holding it, and learned that he had been interested in parapsychology for some time. My lucky number kept turning up all over the place in 1985. When Andrija Puharich stopped off in London on his way to a conference, I booked a room for him at the Royal Garden Hotel, near my apartment. I went round to see him there. 'That's funny,' I said when I arrived. 'You're in the same room that Byron and Maria Janis were in last week.' The number was 1105. Shortly afterwards, another friend of mine called from the USA and asked me to make a reservation at a hotel near me. I called the Royal Garden, and once again my friend ended up in room 1105. Then it happened yet again - four times in a row. I began to feel slightly paranoid. Were all my friends being put there on purpose so that their conversations could be bugged? I had a word with the manager, who assured me that it was pure coincidence. In December, I was watching BBC breakfast television without paying too much attention. An auction was being held for the Leukaemia Research Fund, and I had a sudden impulse to put in a bid for a gold bracelet studded with rubies that was being shown on the screen. I phoned in with my bid, and heard later that I had won it. I was also told that it had been donated by the wellknown British medium Doris Stokes, and that it was - you've guessed it - Lot Eleven. One recent coincidence that I particularly enjoyed involved both my lucky number and my name, which is one you might think it difficult to spell incorrectly. In fact, I had never seen it misspelt in

any of the thousands of press items about me that have appeared over the years, until January 1986, when the journal of the Society for Psychical Research printed a letter from my old friend Brian Inglis containing the phrase: '. . . in circumstances which preclude the kind of deception Gelller was supposed to have practised . . .'

12 Waging Peace
On a warm evening in July 1985, a fleet of buses wound its way along a hillside road in southern Spain. Its destination was a secluded luxury villa standing in grounds five times the size of Monaco, and its passengers were some of the 400 guests who had been invited to a birthday party. Meanwhile, a helicopter shuttled back and forth from the 285-foot yacht anchored off Marbella to fetch some of the more distinguished guests. This was no ordinary party. One of the world's wealthiest and most influential men was jointly celebrating his son's fifth and his own fiftieth birthdays, and his guest list must have read like a draft for Who's Who in the Middle East. Most of them were Arabs, and many had flown over specially for the event from the Middle East. There was also a handful of eminent local residents, and some family friends from other parts of the world. The buses turned into the driveway, cruised along between rows of guards dressed in medieval uniforms and holding large pikes, and drew up outside the huge villa, where the host was waiting to greet his guests. For three of them, at least, it was their first meeting with him. They knew a good deal about him, however. As the Saudi Arabian chairman of the vast Triad group of companies, he was said to be personally worth about £2 billion, and to have an income of around a million pounds a day. He certainly knew how to spend it: he had eleven other homes around the world in addition to this Spanish country palace, and his parties tended to leave the gossip columnists at a loss for superlatives. His yacht Nabila was the one you may have seen in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again. Among the guests who stepped out of their buses and lined up to shake hands with Mr Adnan Khashoggi were a Jewish-American musician named Byron Janis and two Israelis, Shipi and myself. What, you may want to know, were we doing at this glittering gathering of the elite of the Arab world? Let me explain. About a year previously, Byron and I had been talking about ways in which people like ourselves - musicians and entertainers - could use our talents to bring people together and turn their minds towards peace instead of conflict. We both felt we could do more than merely provide audiences with an evening of pleasure in our respective ways. But where to start? Starting a war was fairly easy, we agreed, but how do you go about starting a peace? I had an idea. 'Whether we like it or not, Byron,' I said, 'many parts of this world are dominated by very powerful individuals. I don't see any chance of real peace until they can be brought together and made to sort out the obstacles that keep them apart.' We drew up a list of those we reckoned to be capable of influencing the hearts and minds of large numbers of people in various ways, and the first name we came up with was that of Mr Khashoggi. We decided to get in touch with him somehow or other, and began asking around. He was not an easy man to meet, as he was constantly on the move. Anyway, we wrote him a

I immediately had the feeling that here was no villain. This was not the time for a discussion about world peace.' 'I understand that. This. Shirley Bassey. and there was more priceless jewellery on display than you would find in the whole of Bond Street or Fifth Avenue. and we decided to relax and enjoy ourselves. West Germany. and we think that together we might be able to identify some of them.' said the aide. his presence only added to the illusion that I had wandered on to the set of the next Bond picture. not a show business event. Who knows?' The aide's tone of voice changed at once. 'The world has a lot of problems. each of them wearing a new creation from a top fashion house.' was the reply. For the first hour or so there was no further sign of our host. took my arm and said he would like me to meet Mr Khashoggi's wife. and tables had been laid out for a sit-down dinner that was already well under way. 'Shall I send you a press kit?' I asked. Every beautiful woman in the world seemed to be there. and examples of just about every other precious mineral that ever came out of this earth.' he replied. but a man of great warmth and goodness. we shook hands. clusters of sixty. Eventually. It was like a Hollywood set. Despite my experience of high life in Mexico. let alone shake hands with one in his own home. would we like to see him about? 'We just want to come as human beings. It was as simple as that. The formal invitations duly arrived. a friend of the family. Balloons were floating up to the domed ceiling. though. dictators and ministers. whose performance was limited to a rendering of 'Happy Birthday to You'. and I telephoned the aide to ask if he would like some background information about me. and maybe do something about them. I saw emeralds the size of golf balls. which I had not worn since I had been one of the judges at the Miss Universe pageant several years earlier. and the din was tremendous. was a step in the right direction. Mr Geller.his on the piano and mine on the cutlery . that won't be necessary. 'We're always ready for that. Now. 'But what is it about?' Byron went straight to the point. then Byron received a telephone call from a man who identified himself as one of Mr Khashoggi's personal aides. My turn came. and after eyeing each other hesitantly for a moment. the champagne was flowing like the river Jordan. I remembered the day I had queued up in the White House to send my message to President Carter.or seventy-carat diamonds. The only celebrities I recognized throughout the evening were Brooke Shields. 'Oh. I had another message to was obvious that this was no occasion for a formal show of any kind.letter asking if it would be possible for us to see him. He must have heard it before. It was a great big noisy family party. and here I was. . Nothing happened for six weeks. 'We have something very important to convey to him. I have never seen anything like it. the aide appeared at our table. and the original 007 himself Sean Connery. I thought. and immediately announced that he would like to invite us both to Mr Khashoggi's birthday party. he asked. A band was playing on the stage.' said Byron. 'We know all about you. As our line moved forward. Although Byron and I had been asked previously by the aide if we would demonstrate our 'powers' . and I was ushered into the enormous glass pavilion that had been built especially for the occasion. and the homes of a number of presidents. I was a little concerned that he might not know I was an Israeli. one of the few Israelis outside the diplomatic corps ever to meet a Saudi Arabian. What.' I shook the mothballs out of my dinner jacket. Although he was there as a neighbour and was not on business as a secret agent. The aide muttered something into Mr Khashoggi's ear.

also to tell him that I actually had a Saudi relative. it was not what I saw: a ravishingly beautiful Italian lady of about my own age. 'Oh. the food and the champagne are fine? Look at the people around me don't you realize that I'm an . The atmosphere was relaxed and very private and. as I had expected. I know he received the message. 'I've heard so much about you. they gave me an impression of great human warmth. not so much to bend the spoons but to push my silent message into his mind. His son was there. and now he was recording an example of the lifestyle of somebody a great deal richer than I was. with whom we are still in touch. Thus I have an Arab half-sisterin-law. On my way out. in the usual way. although he looked surprised to see me. though I expect most of it was cut: 'How can you ask me such a banal question? What do you want me to say? It's a great party. and was getting fairly tired when at last the hard-working aide found his way to me again and led me into a private room.Sheikh this and Prince that . This is what I was thinking. before I had fully realized what had just taken place. and Robin was asking me. and they greeted me as a fellow creature. Come and sit down. When we parted. the first thing he wanted me to do was another spoon-bending job. My wife's mother was at one time married to a Palestinian who had gone to Riyadh after their divorce. all too soon. Uri Geller!' she cried. He was intrigued to hear that I was from Israel. both to bend another spoon if necessary and to do what I was really there for: deliver my message. It was NBC television producer Robin Leach. it was a short one. Before long. Before I had time to embark on that rather complicated story. and we made some polite conversation.all of them clearly men of considerable power. I ran into somebody I already knew personally for the first time that evening. Then. I let her hold it herself and watch as it began to curl upwards at my command. The next thing I knew was that there was a television camera pointing at me. As I had also expected. taking their daughter with him. I managed to bend a couple more spoons in my spontaneous strolling cabaret act. I felt that I had accomplished my mission.Whatever I had been expecting the wife of a Saudi Arabian businessman to look like. whom I might have expected to be there. Luckily. the aide whisked me away to meet a member of King Faisal's family and numerous other pillars of Arab society . a microphone under my nose. and I was tempted to ask if I was the first Israeli he had ever met. and still lived there. she handed me an expensive-looking spoon and asked me to show her what I could do with it. however. I had already done more than I can usually manage m one evening. Like our host. He had filmed an interview with me a couple of years previously for his series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Although we said little to each other. 'What do you think of the party?' I cannot remember my exact words. and mercifully all went well. he did what I am sure no Saudi has ever done to an Israeli: he came up to me and planted a kiss firmly on each of my cheeks. and it was clearly time to leave. who greeted me with a smile that only Sophia Loren could match. consisting of the single word: peace. and what I hope I said.' I was too dazzled by her beauty to make much in the way of conversation. there was still no sign of Mr Khashoggi. I prayed for all available strength. Mr Khashoggi at last came into the room and greeted me for the second time that evening. To my disappointment. he immediately wanted to know if I could teach him how to do it! A few minutes later I was quite exhausted after all the concentration I had needed. but this was one request I could certainly not refuse.

but because of what he did.) . bringing with them a copy of the material they had shot at the party. Nor was I overestimating what had happened. Jordanians. love and unity. Hatred between Egyptians and Israelis began to dissolve at once. Anybody can celebrate a birthday. Remember how pop singer Bob Geldof got off his backside and raised over £50 million for starving Africans! It was not just the money. but to celebrate the coming together of "enemies" is not so easy. In the autumn of 1986. Palestinians. although they are just as normal and well-balanced in their personal and professional lives as people who do not go in for much in the way of fantasy or imagination. flew to Israel and stepped on the soil of the country he had fought a few years before.' he told me when we met in London in 1985. the NBC team came to film me at home for their programme. If you hadn't finished when the bell went. and all I am getting from them is feelings of peace. Here I am among my so-called enemies. I learned of a curious sequel to my meeting with him and my delivery of my silent message. Joseph Charles. and your stories sometimes went on for two or three hours. It is possible to reshape the world for better or worse by simple gestures and simple intentions. even members of the King's family? Do you realize that Adnan Khashoggi got up and kissed me on both cheeks? All barriers were demolished when he gave me that sign. after the exams. pockets for their proteins and liquids. I have already mentioned my first experiments in space travel. and finding that these people are more likely to have experiences of telepathy. and it was a short one: 'Peace'. President Sadat of Egypt. you would go on from where you left off the next day. when I used to launch my little rockets made from old bullets towards the moon and the stars. but a change in attitudes that was his real achievement. clairvoyance or precognition than those who do not make much use of their imagination. I have been very highly fantasy-prone for as long as I can remember. That's what I think of this party. I did manage to write one of them down myself in my novel Pampini. or the next week. It has also been found that such fantasy-prone people are very good hypnotic subjects. 'You would describe flying saucers and little spacemen. I often used to entertain my class with my imagination: at the end of term. All you need to begin with is imagination. 'They were all about men going up in rockets and meeting people from other worlds. Long before the first Sputnik went into earth orbit (in 1957) I was designing special suits for space travellers with all the necessary fittings for oxygen and heat supplies. When that great man.Israeli? And I'm among what some people think are my enemies: Egyptians. That was mindpower in action. It is possible to break down barriers by a simple gesture. our teachers would ask some of us to come to the front of the class and make up a story. More than a year after Mr Khashoggi's party. One of my classmates. He had. Perhaps being an only child without too many toys to play with helped. When I was at Terra Santa College in Cyprus. he made a tremendous and lasting impact without saying a word. they had interviewed the host and asked him if he had any message for the world on his fiftieth birthday. and I soon became the most successful of the spontaneous storytellers. After I had left. I was interested to read recently that scientists are making a study of people who are what they call 'fantasy-prone'. and so on down to the smallest detail. and if he can use it then so can anybody else.' I was not over-reacting.' (Later. not because of anything he said. I wish I could have written them all down. remembered my space-fantasies clearly more than twenty years later. provided those concerned have the power and the influence to get them across. Saudi Arabians.

in 1972. both physically and mentally. like a dam bursting. and every time somebody drilled a little hole in it and pushed through some scientific theory or other.This may explain some of the confusion that was caused by Andrija-Puharich's book Uri (1974). I know that my internal alarm system will sound as it did that morning after my visit to that London casino. 'Hey. though I must emphasize that there is a slight possibility that some of my energies do have some kind of extraterrestrial connection. They might . so that I can be better at what I do. However. or some other famous psychic of the past. I felt threatened. many people were put off by the space-fantasy passages. In any case. whatever the areas into which it may lead me. these will probably be disproved in a few years' time. Fantasy has played an important part in the evolution of the human race ever since our remotest ancestor crawled out of the mud. I prefer to live the mysteries. Our species is unlike the rest in the way that it has evolved. I am glad that more interest is now being shown in the areas of imagination and fantasy. as it has once or twice. I have never even read right through any of the books or scientific papers about myself. because I was asked to by people I admired and respected. I found that I had built a protective barrier around myself between wanting to know how my powers worked and just using them. soon after I discovered that I could do things that other people thought unusual. Although much of his book was accurate factual reporting. Andrija and I are still the closest of friends and I have never forgotten how much of my success is due to him. One reason I wrote My Story was to give my own version of events. The barrier was put up to keep the explanations out. I know I would not have wanted to listen to them. There are people alive today who were born before the first aeroplane left the ground. Much of this rapid evolution depends on the way we use something probably no other species can equal: our minds. I have made good use of my imagination in the past. If Hal Puthoff. Some of my friends think I should. My protective barrier would have been demolished. as I still do. Uri. but I would rather go out for a run in a park and enjoy nature than break my head over theories of the mysteries of life by reading books about them. I did not and still do not want to know what any of them discovered. in which he included a lot of material about extraterrestrial forces that were supposed to be controlling me. Russell Targ or Wilbur Franklin had come up to me one day and said. and especially in the speed with which it still evolves. When I was very young. Yet when I began to work with scientists. or how I could tell what other people were thinking of doing. I do not want to clutter up my mind with theories or conclusions. but it may surprise you to hear that I really do not want to know what theories or conclusions the scientists might come up with. we finally figured out how you do it!'. There were times when I was curious to know how these things were done. You must remember that all of this fantasy material was obtained while I was under hypnosis. I was afraid that the hole would explode. and I shall continue to do so in the future. and I admit that they caused me some embarrassment. and then proved again. and I tell them I know nothing about them because I have never read a book about anything to do with psychical research or parapsychology in my life. If it should lead me astray. I accepted my natural gifts without question and made use of them without worrying at all how I was able to make the hands of watches move. and that I would be flooded with information that would destroy me. and so on. People often ask me what I think about Edgar Cayce. I was glad to demonstrate my powers for scientists. and I cannot be held responsible for what my imagination produced under such conditions. for a time.

another American named Alfred Oerter flung the thing more than twice that distance. and new ways of pleasureseeking and reproduction that do not depend on the archaic sexual organs we use at present. If we can evolve both physically and imaginatively to this extent in a mere seventy years roughly a human lifespan -what is still to come? I can visualize two scenarios: the good one and the bad one. however. or self-destruction and starting again from the beginning. We will have found new ways of seeing that do not require eyes. you use it every time you pray. Somerset Maugham once wrote that money is 'the sixth sense which enables you to enjoy the other five'. Santos-Dumont and the Wright brothers. but masses or fields of consciousness that will be able to travel through the universes and the cosmoses towards the infinite. The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. shortly before the first aeroplanes flew. it is not money which enables you to enjoy them. in a matter of two or three hundred years we will be forced to abandon our planet. or dismissing it as mere intuition or coincidence. I will describe them in that order. new ways of transportation or teleportation that do not involve the use of limbs. and for all of them there will always be the choice of futures: evolution towards the Creator. but the sixth sense itself. Finally. Moving ahead still further. As we make increasing use of our intelligence. and start all over again elsewhere. All I have done is show them they have it. after making it uninhabitable. They were the ones who used their imagination and made their fantasies come true. The second scenario is very different. an American named Robert Garrett threw the discus just over ninety-five feet to pick up the gold medal. or a watch that has . It is something to use to help us evolve. The choice is ours. Real psychic power is not about reading tea-leaves or tarot cards and telling people what they should already know. Prayer is an energy of the soul used for a specific purpose. for the rest will have polluted themselves to death or simply exterminated each other. feet and legs grow less powerful because we no longer use them as we once did. If we do not. You may be using your sixth sense already without realizing it. we will no longer have physical bodies of any kind. our bodies gradually change. In 1960. I can see a species without anything we would recognize today as a body. and reading all the technical explanations that proved this. Our heads. Thousands of people all over the world know this.even remember being told that heavier-than-air flight was scientifically impossible. We will no longer be men or women. We have forgotten the names of the scientists who provided the explanations. a bent piece of cutlery. we evolve to the point where our brains are more important for our survival than our limbs and our primitive sensory organs. If you are a religious person. and they have something to prove it: a drawing. the year before Yuri Gagarin went into space. We have less and less hair on them. it will be the second. I wish I knew which of these scenarios is going to come true. I have never had to learn how to use psychic power.learned professors went on assuring us that it was out of the question right up to a year or so before Sputnik went into orbit. especially our foreheads. In that year. According to this. He was wrong. it will be the first. and if it never produced any results people would not still be using it. and I have never taught anybody to use theirs. As the next thousands and millions of years go by. but we remember the names of Langley. Only a privileged few will be able to escape. It was the same with space travel . Those lucky survivors will adapt to new environments and their seeds will create new civilizations. are much larger. Our hands. If we make full use of our minds and our fantasies.

we will look back at the twentieth century much as we now look back on our cavemen ancestors. A good example of what can happen when psychic powers are not controlled was described in detail by the writer Dotson Rader. I just say silently. To bend a spoon. a lump of rock landed on the floor behind him. When I am receiving something. In a thousand years. There is not much I can say about how I do what I do. It began with a meal at the brasserie in the Seagram Building on Park Avenue. without visualizing anything at all. I know I have picked up-the right message. I hold it on my mental television screen and will it into the mind of the receiver.started working again. to show them that they too have the same powers. so that he had to borrow one from the porter in order to get home. They rubbed sticks together to make fire for cooking and keeping themselves warm. Then a spoon appeared from somewhere or other and did the same thing. although all the details may not be right. . In a thousand years. have developed a way of teaching anybody to do the same. it is nearly always exactly the same shape and size as the original. although their methods are different from mine and involve intense visualization exercises in which you 'see' a force flowing out of your body into the spoon. in an article entitled 'A Charming Evening with Uri Geller' which appeared in the March 1976 issue of the magazine Esquire. What you do with yours is up to you. and things really got moving. 'Bend. Or you can do 'remote viewing' experiments like the ones Puthoff and Targ did at SRI. hitting the opposite wall and falling on the floor'. I have used my psychic powers to entertain people. Then we went back to my apartment to continue our conversation. and the other describes whatever impressions come in about the place. Maybe in ten years' time I will be able to write a completely different kind of book. which then becomes warm and flexible. and whether I have made full use of all of them time alone will tell. during which Mr Rader noticed the salt-shaker 'moving determinedly by itself across the white tablecloth toward the edge of the perfectly level surface' while I was looking the other way. In the case of a drawing. I simply hold it and order it to bend. the procedure is similar: I visualize my blank TV screen and wait for something to appear on it. What will be possible once we have learned to control psychic power and make full use of it? In this book. When the image starts to fade. for both of us. I have told you what I have been able to do with my own powers over the past fifteen years. if we are still around on this planet. such as Eldon Byrd. and with them I have diversified into several professional fields. my guest was in quite a state. This was followed by a steel tape measure whizzing around the room on its own. Thelma Moss and Jack Houck. I usually know I have been successful. the psychic and paranormal activities of today will seem as primitive as those cavemen's fire-lighting methods seem to us. If it stays there for ten or fifteen seconds. and I write it down. I drove him back to his apartment. By the end of the evening. and as he was getting out of the car his front door key bent in his hand. When I am transmitting a word or a picture by telepathy. it is really very simple. having apparently fallen from the ceiling. where one of you goes out to a certain spot at a certain time. bend. First. It was quite an evening. a wooden carving shot off the table right beside him and 'flew across the room. The difficulty for many people is believing that they can do it. Next. You can practise doing this at home. bend!' Some scientists. Once you have learned to concentrate and keep your mind under control. just by looking at a picture and trying to send its contents to your partner across the room or in the room next door.

He's not . Everything is possible. and indeed from any kind of religious expression or belief. The unusual activity must have been caused. at least in part.a very profitable one . What is very probable is that in the future I shall continue to be attacked and debunked by all kinds of individuals and committees who have appointed themselves to save mankind from the paranormal. by his psychic powers. While I was in the bathroom. spoken and circulated about me. but when we went out to the lobby we found it standing in front of the door of the elevator. and people. and once we have learned full control of the mind and all its powers. One day. the magic and the mystery of Uri Geller will continue to survive. One recent example: on 30 July 1985 the Sunday Times published a letter from a British member of the 'Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal' which was. and 'the paranormal provides a way of believing in the supernatural without having to adopt a traditional religious point of view'. who has contributed so much over the years to the boosting of my career that I am often asked if he is on my payroll! (In fact in 1986 he won a $272. which was true. He admitted to reporter Connie Woodcock of the Sunday Sun (26 December 1976) that he wrote a book about me to 'destroy' me.I cannot imagine why I would want to throw my belongings around my own home. or perhaps because of them. much as we transmit words and pictures today by telex. They have made a religion . That Brazilian journalist was right. there will be no more physical barriers. This is because the believers outweigh the non-believers. I told him I was used to this kind of thing. 'he waves his book and claims smugly he has "put him [Geller] out of business". unflattering.) He has been announcing my professional demise for as long as I can remember. We are all Uri Gellers. and by attacking the whole area of human psychic experience they have only added to popular interest in it. the reporter wrote. thereby 'keeping the ball rolling'. 'With great pleasure'. although I have already dealt with some of the more blatant ones. which I am happy to say he did. None of it was caused by me . though there had been more of it than usual in his presence. every time they think they have finished me off for good all they are doing is oiling the wheels of my publicity machine.out of their anti-religious crusade. 'people who no longer believe in religion are searching for some sort of substitute'. it was read by the chief of a major mining company who promptly flew several thousand miles to London in order to sign a deal with me. Martin Gardner. However. put it under a cushion and sat on it. I cannot of course omit to mention my chief publicist. Space and time are not what we have been taught to believe.' He claimed on the Long John Nebel WMCA radio programme (22 March 1977) that 'You don't hear anything about Geller. As far as I am concerned. and life is not long enough to answer all the allegations he has written. we will be able to teleport objects. According to one of my most persistent detractors.000 award for his services to the anti-psi cause. Anything is possible. and almost nothing like this happens when I am on my own. I hope my critics will keep up their good work. He and his colleagues do not seem to appreciate that they are doing more than anybody to keep the ball rolling. Apparently it did. hoping this would stop it flying around. he took the wooden carving. even subconsciously.He came to see me again a couple of days later. now and then they actually do me a major favour. Even today. In spite of their efforts. In fact. James Randi. He laments the fact that the media exploit this public interest and stimulate it further. to say the least. as they have already survived for fifteen years. some of those barriers are not as impenetrable as they might seem.

(Our contributions were filmed separately.' he says in one of his books. As I have indicated throughout this book. There's no question of it. I pray every day . I thank God every day for having given me and my family health. It had started out as a demonstration of how to crack a safe from the inside.can do. he was still at it. there are more important challenges to be confronted: those that can lead to new possibilities and new realities. He described himself to the reporter as 'a professional fraud'. not to mention lack of oxygen . I have made a good living. You have circulated a statement. This has brought me comfort. I am now able to afford the luxury of being able to tell any of my witch-hunters exactly where they can go and what they can do there. and something much more important to me: the 'quality time' I can spend with my wife and children and with my close friends. and we did not meet. dated May 1986. cannot outweigh those of the hundreds of thousands. a bachelor and self-confessed agnostic. I will merely repeat the self-analysis Randi gave on the PM Magazine television programme on 1 July 1982: 'I'm a charlatan. He must have been somewhat surprised when I turned up on the NBC television special Magic or Miracle? (8 February 1983) and was given virtually equal time on what had originally been planned as a show entitled The Miracle Seeker and featuring him. which is absurd because I would not resort to such activities. No.' Three years later. Randi has in fact come very close to going out of business himself. magician by trade. or those of countless millions who have been experiencing the same thing in many forms throughout recorded history. however extreme. It turned out to be a brush with death for Randi. to which Randi. A well-known sceptic later told a friend of mine that 'Uri made Randi look terrible'. Individual opinions. by making the best use I can of my natural abilities. commented 'Messy!' To me. You have told a newspaper reporter that you admired me as you admired Adolf Hitler. or in pursuing my other interests of painting. Randi. assuring an interviewer (Omni. He's pretty well out of business. and that is that my father did not live to see his grandchildren. Not even friends. . I was asked to give an example of what I considered to be a miracle. we could never have been good friends. according to the Toronto Sun (5 November 1974): The Amazing Randi. 'We could have been good friends. you and I.while bound and locked in the Sun's office safe. You have alleged that one of the scientists who investigated me 'died not long afterward under conditions described as not natural'. confront.) At one point on the programme. who brought about the suicide of hundreds of religious fanatics in Guyana. The world famous magician was pulled unconscious from the safe nine minutes and 35 seconds after he entered it while horrified staffers looked on . this epitomized the fundamental differences between his attitude to life and humanity and mine. love and peace. a liar. alleging that I have blackmailed and defamed you. argue with or even defend myself against anybody. April 1980) that I was 'generally discredited'. I only regret one thing in my life. perhaps millions of people who have experienced a little real magic in their lives after seeing what I and they . My answer was 'The birth of a child'. and took the opportunity to refer to me as 'a very good magician'. and also with that of Jim Jones. almost died of embarrassment yesterday. It is for those challenges that I will save my energies.' I do not have to challenge. You have seen fit to mention my name in the same breath as that of a mass-murderer. . writing and enjoying nature.heard of at all now. a thief and a fake altogether.

' Randi's book was hailed by popular astronomer Carl Sagan as 'a witty and fascinating dissection of Uri Geller's humbuggery'. They found no difficulty in accepting Geller as an unusually skilled manipulator of both crowds and individuals who had developed a highly polished and original performance. Geller can do all kinds of clever things.' So it is with The Geller Effect. I ended my first book with the words: 'Either the people accept My Story or they don't. It was based on the assumption: magicians can do all kinds of clever things. Almost exactly ten years ago. On the other side of the fence. Marcello Truzzi. he warps the thinking of a young generation of forming minds. therefore Geller is a magician. it was thought by many at the time and has continued to be thought by some? Geller began his career on the stage.for the sick in body or mind to be healed. and he has never objected to being called an entertainer. There is no in between. when the spectacular medium Daniel D. as you please. You are free to accept or to reject this effect. In my view. Leon Jaroff of Time saw it as 'a devastating blow to the pseudo-science of parapsychology'. . Their sense of outrage was well expressed by magician James 'The Amazing' Randi in his polemical book The Magic of Uri Geller (1975): '. Worse than that. What else could he be. Geller brings disgrace to the craft I practise. Geller's claim that he was demonstrating real magic brought the art of conjuring into disrepute. during which professional conjurors showed that they too could bend spoons. make watches tick and reproduce drawings made by members of their audiences. Home . suggested that the Society of American Magicians should name him Conjuror of the Year and leave the criticism of him at that. I also give thanks for my share of some mysterious human abilities which neither science nor I can explain. His public performances were to follow a routine that was to be repeated almost unchanged for fifteen years. This announcement was made on the cover of the 20 October 1970 issue of the sensationalist weekly magazine Haolam Hazeh. He did not fit into the pattern to which for more than a century they and their predecessors had become accustomed. but the reality of which can no longer be denied. I do not think you can deny its existence. To them. . one of the more good-natured of his early critics. some of the most sympathetic members of the scientific community began to have their doubts about the young Israeli who. had apparently performed his feats as successfully in the laboratory as on the stage or in the television studio. I am proud of my profession. I am even jealous of it and resent any prostitution of the art. for a time. P Tree art h b y Gy L P u yon layfair 13 The Bolivar Syndrome URI GELLER A CHEAT Magicians Disclose the Secrets of the Telepathic Impostor. and within a few months of Uri's first public appearance in Israel the anti-Geller campaign was under way. Others were not so generous. and for a better world to come for us all. Martin Gardner of Scientific American declared that 'all who respect truth should take off their hats and cheer'. And that is unforgivable. The star psychic performers of the past had generally placed themselves at the service of science ever since the 1870s.

Ayalon recalled. had been billed in Israel as making use of telepathy and 'parapsychology'. The performances of David Berglas. including four Nobel Prize winners.' They did so initially not by revealing his secrets. .' This was the line he did take five years later in his book Science and the Supernatural. Although he spent a good deal of time from 1972 to 1974 in laboratories. becoming 'a national menace'. but most of it consisted of statements by a magician named Eitan Ayalon who announced that 'all of Israel's magicians have assembled for a witch-hunt against Uri Geller' and went on to explain why. However. in short.' said Ayalon. Then there was Rudi Schneider. claiming to have fooled several audiences with . Later.' The 'telepathic impostor' was. 'As far as I am concerned. 'That is why we decided to hit back. a wellknown master of mental magic and illusionism. Geller was overdoing his claims to be a genuine psychic. 'He started to hurt our earnings. Geller had recently met the minister of transport (later to be the country's prime minister) and had bent some cutlery for him. but by training a couple of youngsters named Eddie Moore and Nurit Pai to perform as phoney psychics. and the three-page cover story in the Israeli magazine already mentioned that launched it in 1970. however. who published volume after volume of reports on the information she produced while in a state of trance. he soon became tired of serving as a human guinea-pig. Some of his supporters began to have second thoughts. there endeth the saga of Uri Geller. his powers cannot be authentic. and then doing it all over again for another team of investigators. who only felt at home when performing in front of an audience. . The article was unsigned. He was not the first 'magician' to do this. he added. Ayalon even grew a 'mystic' beard and had a go himself. First. The Irish-American clairvoyant Eileen Garrett even went to the lengths of commissioning and financing scientific investigations of herself. Sitting down wired to machines and being told what to do did not suit his temperament at all. ask Uri Geller' . for nearly thirty years. adding. but Geller could not.' the magazine revealed. the Neapolitan Eusapia Palladino was tested by more than fifty scientists. a modest Austrian garage mechanic who spent much of his spare time throughout his life doing whatever scientists asked him to do with his psychokinetic powers. that had been chiefly responsible for Ayalon and his colleagues' decision to embark upon the witch-hunt.' Let us return to the beginning of the anti-Geller saga. Professor John G. Leonore Piper of Boston offered her services on a full-time basis to members of the Society for Psychical Research. There were three reasons.submitted himself willingly to more than three years of scrutiny by one of the leading scientists of the time. after setting up what he considered to be a fraud-proof experiment with the help of a magician. 'We also have a report that Uri Geller was called this week to demonstrate his powers to Minister of Defence Moshe Dayan. and failing to observe any Geller Effects during it. He had gone too far. Geller was different. Berglas could be forgiven since he had never made such a claim himself. He was an entertainer. William Crookes. Taylor of London University stated in 1975 that 'the existence of the Geller Effect alone shows that the scientifically impossible can sometimes occur' after describing (in The Geller Papers) a number of incidents in his own laboratory involving his own equipment. 'He even broke Shimon Peres's pen without touching it. He concluded. 'I could always try taking the safe line that Geller must have been cheating . The second reason for the 'witch-hunt' was more serious: he was interfering with Israeli politics. It was the third reason. and he could not wait to get back to where he felt he belonged: the public stage. Prime Minister Golda Meir's off-the-cuff reply to a question on the country's future -'I don't know. as were Geller's. if he is not prepared to be tested under such conditions.had been widely reported.

what can you do for Israel?' Geller was not prepared to describe the two-hour-long conversation that followed. Then he took the depressed me because I thought he was being negative and cautious. 'We give him an ultimatum: if he does not stop his imposture in two weeks.' 'You're right.' he told me. and describe it to me before you look at it. This was an honour for me. However. He was very intrigued. just the two of us. I started to walk around with my hands out in my usual way. where he lived. where there was a small photo of the main tower of Lod Airport showing part of the roof. 'His pen bent and broke in his pocket. Anyway. I went to his house. 'It's in there. I did. or because I was wrong?' I asked him. He told me to open the book and see for myself. which I was. He was equally unforthcoming about his alleged meetings with Golda Meir and the head of Israeli military intelligence. Uri. 'Uri Geller will disappear. and just sat in his armchair laughing his head off. he said.' he said.' He really collapsed. 'He seemed resigned to the fact that I was more interested in becoming rich and famous than in being a psychic superspy.' he said at once. 'I don't want to see any more. and we discussed the potentials of these powers. and without his knowledge. which he did. Uri.' I used to do this kind of thing at parties. 'Oh no. he did a drawing and I received it. and when he had shown me some of his collection of archaeological antiques.' Uri told me. he said. and turned to page 201. describe it. He also had this to say about his meeting with General Dayan. not photographs. by the way. Then I bent a key for him. I told him it might not work. a flag-pole. and the flag of Israel. after about five minutes I said. First. It would be very private. I would like you to do two things: find it. General Aharon Yariv. I remember his one eye flickering and gleaming. Now. I pointed at one of them. he said. I paid the bill. I have hidden a photograph somewhere in this room. Then I did one for him to receive. Two or three weeks later he telephoned me again and invited me to his home. 'In this book. but with rings or bracelets. 'Are you laughing because I was right. 'You've proved yourself. 'Now. Then he said he would like to meet me again in a less public place.' he said to me. we will reveal all. 'I don't want you to leave my sight. by at least one of . I demonstrated my powers to him. and I ended up at a row of about forty books on a shelf. 'Look. Then I asked him for a pen and paper. because I was nervous.performances based on Geller's routine.' I said. but it was a question of 'saving the Israeli people'. to which he never referred publicly in any detail while the hero of the Six Day War was still alive: He telephoned me and said he would like to meet me. but could not find any photograph. Geller confirms he met Shimon Peres. Anyway. 'It's a photograph of the flag of Israel. because Dayan was everybody's idol at that time. with a laugh.' He was reluctant to do this. from what is known of the methods of Israeli's intelligence services.' I will never forget that . except to indicate that Dayan was interested in 'very major things' and clearly saw more potential uses for psychic powers in military contexts than he did. it is most unlikely that Geller would not have been checked out very thoroughly. what is on the photograph?' I asked him to project the photograph to me. and invited me to have a meal with him at the White Elephant steakhouse near the town of Zahala.' he prophesied. which he did and I picked up all kinds of impressions. There's no need for you to bend anything. Don't write it.

as forecast by Eitan Ayalon. Haolam Hazeh returned to the fray in its issue of 14 March 1973. and the people of Israel showed no sign of wanting to be saved from him. who died in 1957. Two weeks later. A good deal of it is based on statements attributed to Hanna Shtrang. were rejected without hesitation or reflection on the professional reputations of their authors. The stories he told them of the wonderful scientific things that could. This was the article reprinted in full in Randi's book. i. with a brilliant mind. Even while so young he astonished his friends at the [Terra Santa] College with his amazing feats. and very little actual evidence at all. where his teacher Mrs Jenny Agrotis remembered him very well. for which Uri's former publicist Rany Hirsch has now admitted that he was solely responsible. etc. rumours and outright lies. I for one do believe in him. whereas the scientific papers in refereed journals. since he was not in Israel. Richard Herd reported in the Daily Mail that he had been to Israel 'seeking to track down the legend which Uri Geller has woven around himself'. I will return to them in due course. Stumbling further along the trail. . As she wrote to the News of the World in December 1973: Uri Geller was a pupil of mine for five years in Cyprus. when they still remembered a good deal. and would. I have given a brief sample of Geller's early press coverage to show that the witch-hunt against him was based on some very insecure foundations. whereupon his mother 'married again and had a son by Uri's stepfather'. and it has been widely cited as if it were an official report from Israel's Academy of Sciences. In fact it is a string of inaccuracies from start to finish. largely on the evidence of the forged photograph of him and Sophia Loren. which on the whole covered Geller's early career objectively and fairly. pointed out that any substance capable of softening metal is far too dangerous to use and should be withdrawn from sale in magic shops. who has assured me that she never said a word of any of them and never even met the writer of the article. It is indeed strange. introducing the 'hidden chemical' theory which was popular for a time in witch-hunting circles until James Randi. be done by him. On 15 January 1974. such as Nature. contributed its share of confusion. *** Geller did not disappear in 1970. he might have been able to locate a couple of Geller's old schoolmates in England.e. certainly one does not meet a pupil like him very often. Even the British press. Had Mr Herd stayed at home. no less. as Uri has already pointed out. bent forks. Yet the witch-hunters refused to give up. Eli Tavor himself has now admitted that the whole article may have been pure invention. This is not surprising. Haolam Hazeh published its most determined effort to date to save Israel from the menace of Uri Geller. His father died in 1979. These consisted of assumptions. but in Cyprus. seem to be coming true. he was outstanding in every way. as I did without much difficulty more than ten years later. Who needed to know what when Targ and Puthoff were briefed by the Mossad in 1973 has not been revealed. the magazine published its long-promised revelation of how it thought Uri was doing his metal-bending. revealing that Geller was born in Hungary and taken to Israel at the age of ten by his father. On 20 February 1974. in which editor Eli Tavor dismissed Uri as 'a proven crook'. Mr Herd complains that 'no one remembers him doing anything at all until he was serving as a paratrooper'. He got off to a shaky start. in an English translation. that sources such as the popular Haolam Hazeh were accepted without question. It is also very unlikely that those findings would have been passed on to anybody except on a need-to-know basis. (Uri was in fact born in Tel Aviv and taken to Cyprus by his mother. and although his mother did remarry she had no further children).them.

These would have made an interesting book in themselves. believed that power could be plucked from space and driven through the core of the earth to any point on its surface. Puharich. his earliest childhood fantasies were of space travel. as we would expect. by the man who discovered him and brought him to the West: Dr Andrija Puharich. found all this 'astonishing and unbelievable'. Puharich had received much material of supposedly extraterrestrial origin before.When it came to complicating the Geller legend. Puharich had a long record of imaginative research in both straight science and parapsychology. Even Uri. his thoughts have found their ways into distant orbits. were passages that seemed to have strayed from a science fantasy novel by A. would dematerialize. or where they originated. By the time he met Geller. C. . whose duties included controlling the universe from a space-org called Spectra. and were so plainly the echo of my own thoughts. As he has told us. in addition to some shrewd observations and reasonable speculations. The simplest explanation for some was that Puharich had gone off his head. they came out. and by his early teens he had woven these into stories that fascinated both his classmates and his teacher. As long ago as 1844. Colin Wilson. where they have captured some practical and successful inventions. that not to have perceived the source whence they came would have been pertinacious blindness indeed. Edison. my patient's ideas shifted so visibly with my own. So did most people. The Sacred Mushroom and Beyond Telepathy. by means of messages on tapes that. once played back. rockets and distant civilizations. All the information from The Nine was provided while Geller was in a hypnotic trance state. based on abundant tape-recorded first-hand evidence. the same can be said of many inventors. as he has already said. I was but taking back my own. Van Vogt. was considerably embarrassed. Interspersed with these. and Geller admits to being an excellent hypnotic subject. a major contribution was made. discovered that a good subject was able to blend his thoughts with those of the mesmerist or hypnotist: . Hare Townshend. His research with unusually gifted subjects made him the ideal person to explain the mystery of Uri Geller. on whose genius much of our electrical industry is based. Puharich is a skilful hypnotist. the most open-minded and sympathetic of Geller's commentators. . however. and he designed a machine for the purpose. ironically. as is the case with the 'explanations' put forward by the witch-hunters to account for Uri's feats. and 'a bit too much'. through Uri. If his thoughts have occasionally led him where the rest of us are unable to follow. Rev. His 1974 book Uri contained some excellent passages of straight reporting. They communicated with us. In a long career in scientific research. but their inclusion in what was otherwise a straightforward and factual account of Geller's early . He had patented more than fifty of his inventions in the field of biotechnology and written two fine books. Tesla. it does not stand up to close examination. firmly believed that communication with the dead was possible. The fact is that they were there. and it is surprising that he does not seem to have allowed for his own role in the utterances of The Nine. An element of apparent craziness is an essential component of the mind of a successful inventor. Neither he nor I can say how those fantasies came into his mind. and receiving coin issued from my own treasury. whom I have met several times. for example. an English mesmerist. is a man with an unusual mind. E. through subjects other than Geller. such as the series of miniature deaf-aids that have earned him a good deal in royalties over the years. in which we were asked to believe that Geller was no ordinary kid from the Middle East. However. and under hypnosis. who has long made use of hypnosis to enhance the abilities of his research subjects. but the emissary of a group of extraterrestrials called The Nine.

when I read the article on him in Time magazine's 12 March issue. A Bank of Brazil official confirmed that its expected life before being withdrawn for pulping would have been nine months at the first published contribution to psychical research . I first became aware of the existence of somebody called Uri Geller in 1973. I had little difficulty in establishing that the note had been printed and circulated in April 1963. I was finding much material that struck me as genuine. Then someone came up and pressed a brand-new one-thousand cruzeiro note in my hand. My Story. the people of Rio do not usually hand money to foreigners in the street. although he promptly did his best to set the record straight with his own account of his (terrestrial) life. later finding its way between the cushions on his sofa.000 cruzeiro note had been out of circulation following the introduction of the 'new cruzeiro' in 1967. the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (June 1975) and. This took place in Puharich's home in Ossining. and it struck me as very odd for a number of reasons. and I wondered if somehow or other this note had been issued to him and kept. I wrote to Psychic mentioning some of them. providing the serial number of the banknote and adding that he liked my approach to the case. This is how he described it: One experiment I did with Andrija [Puharich] was when he asked me to go to Brazil out of the body. Mr Playfair. 'Thank you. Usually they fall apart in a few months and have to be held together with tape. one of the many incidents in Uri's eventful life stuck in my mind. I ended by expressing the hope that Puharich would help solve the mystery of this apparent teleportation through both space and time. I was one of them. I duly wrote up my findings . Sometimes they do just the opposite. with my permission. with the exception of the Indian rope trick. and it appeared in my hand on the couch by Andrija . as it still prove I was there.which appeared in print no less than three times: in New Scientist (14 November 1974). Puharich's book added greatly to the scepticism of those who were already feeling in 1974 that Geller was too good to be true. until my colleague Maurice Grosse and I upset many of its members . He promptly obliged. in Randi's book The Magic of Uri Geller (1975).000 note to have remained brand new for something like five years in Rio de Janeiro is very unlikely. I got to this city and asked a person where I was. Then the June 1973 issue of the magazine Psychic arrived through my letter-box. I concluded: [This episode] does suggest to me that further examination of Geller's paranormal abilities can lead to totally normal hypotheses as to how he performs his feats. according to Time. in addition to the inherent improbability of simultaneous teleportation from Brazil to the United States. was just a smart conjuror. It contained a long interview with Geller and an article by Alan Vaughan. However. Doing my best to impress my fellow members of the SPR with my impeccable scepticism. and for a time I was quite popular in the SPR. I went on: For an old did neither the author's nor Uri's reputation any good at all. According to Vaughan. beginning with the fact that the 1. in the same issue in which my letter appeared (December 1973). It took Geller some time to live them down. who had clearly studied his subject far more thoroughly than Time science writer Leon Jaroff had done. NY. I was intrigued. I was living in Brazil at that time and researching the local psychic scene for my books The Flying Cow and The Indefinite Boundary. on 24 March 1973. and he told me it was Rio de Janeiro. Geller was able to accomplish practically everything of a paranormal nature ever reported. I also discovered that Puharich had visited Brazil in the same year. for an excellent piece of work'. Moreover. Randi commented. and had little interest in this exotic spoon-bender who.

and I don't think Andrija had any interest in faking such an incident. I hope this will be borne in mind when I describe my own further examinations and reach new conclusions. How do you go about it? In most areas of science. for instance. of course. because of the author's uncompromising conclusion. Furthermore. in a letter to me dated 21 March 1978. Why? 'Ah. it is harder to fool somebody who knows what to look for. partly because no English translation has yet appeared and partly. It is not clear to me exactly who gave me the note. However. And that is the honest truth. but we won't tell you because you don't give away trade secrets. but as it was put in my hand I woke up on the bed in Ossining. 'because they were deceived. thus eliminating the more obvious methods of cheating. I have mentioned this episode at some length to establish my credentials as the first person anywhere. All the same. but this argument is balanced by the equally valid one that the witch-hunters might also have been deceived. 'that it is always in the last hectic moments before a live transmission that a magician checks out his equipment. Leslie. was called in by the state television company to supervise arrangements for a performance Geller gave in Copenhagen in January 1974. to have published a critical piece on Geller that was based on both original research and hard evidence. he noted. whose book Uri Geller: Fup eller Fakta? (Fraud or Fact?) was published in 1974. As far as I can remember when I was in this strange hypnotic state Puharich put me in. He was able to introduce a number of controls' without Geller's knowledge. his findings should be of special interest. He might have been deceived. as far as I have been able to discover. and concludes that his psychic powers are real. . as I will describe. To this day I wonder if maybe Andrija could have . by laymen. . Proving conclusively that strange things happen can be very difficult. I remember very clearly walking on a sort of main street. it can be considered proven. The first magician to make a careful first-hand study of Geller was a Dane named Leo Leslie. It has received less attention than it deserves.' . 'Experience shows'.' say the magicians. for Geller to be continuously monitored by cameras from the moment he entered the studio before the programme went on the air. bent the spoon or read the mind. Some of these were quite ingenious. but although their word was not questioned on other matters. .with our uncompromisingly positive reports of all kinds of paranormality from the Enfield poltergeist case of 1977-8. hypnotized me so deeply that this event looked so real to me. did appear in my hand when I woke up from the trance. although this is hardly reasonable since magicians are professional deceivers who are frequently deceived themselves by their colleagues and even. their findings in the psychic realm were rejected out of hand. was as follows: I will now tell you exactly what happened. I was lost and scared. It takes one magician to spot another. The money . I suspect. and if enough people test it independently and get the same results as you. He arranged. Strange things do happen and this was one of them. and then stuck the money in my hand. We know how he or she tilted the table. Numerous eminent scientists from William Crookes onwards have testified to the occurrence in their presence of some very strange things. when a magician spends several days closely observing Uri Geller. in the psychic sciences this method does not work. Uri's own version of the Brazil event. I stopped a passing couple and asked for money.' We are asked to take the words of the magicians on trust. you form a hypothesis and test it. adviser on magic to Denmark's National Museum. . As far as I'm concerned I tend to believe that this was a real happening. I really can't tell you anything else.

' Just to make sure. 'Now he was caught! It was chemicals after all. 'While I sat looking at the key.' After a lengthy discussion of several possible methods. however.' Leslie then produced a key which he had prepared in advance by coating it with enamel and nickel plating. It was. Leslie obtained the names and addresses of some of the callers to the television studio and spent some days checking up on them. 'I can't get in touch with the metal. On a recent Australian television programme. considering it to be in bad taste. taking care to make distracting noises as he did so. After visiting several of them.' he wrote. watches started. exactly the same size as the original. silverware and cutlery bent. Geller learned to his annoyance that he was expected to try to bend or break the metal clip of the brassiere worn by a large-bosomed photographer's model. and a second later strips of the nickel plating curled up like small strips of banana peel as the key started to bend in-my fingers. Geller told Leslie afterwards that he would have tried harder if he had known in advance that they were jammed. 'I had to admit defeat. Leslie and three accomplices watched him both live and on monitors throughout the evening and reported no suspicious movements either before or during the show. things improved considerably. the enamel started to crack. then apparently forgot what the drawing was. Leslie also managed to ensure that none of Geller's entourage entered the studio at any time. but Leslie admitted he had not had an uninterrupted view of the whole proceedings. I thought. 'The telephones started ringing. Moreover. Geller also bent and broke a fork during the programme.' Leslie took the key and studied it closely. in the hope that she would reveal all on camera.One cameraman was ordered to keep Geller's hands in view all the time. Geller began to rub the key and immediately noticed there was something unusual about it. 'You have done something to it.' he said. He was more successful with his drawing-reproduction routine. Geller offered him a personal demonstration. he concluded. Before the show began. First. which was opened on camera. it was Geller who began to draw first.' 'I licked my lips. who had inserted some pieces of plastic in its works.' The judgment of Leslie and his accomplices amounted to total vindication. he did a telepathy test while he and Leslie were sitting with their backs to each other and a colleague of Leslie's was observing the two of them. The populace had apparently run wild. A drawing of the front view of an elephant had been sealed in an envelope and handed to the photographer's model. Leslie sprang another surprise on him by presenting him with an array of clocks and watches that he had rigged beforehand so that it was impossible for any of them to start ticking. who slipped it under her bra. After the show. 'We found his metal-bending and his ability to receive telepathic signals reasonably documented. finding that he was unable to reproduce 'phenomena that resembled Geller's even slightly'. He had experimented beforehand with some mercury bichloride. making it impervious to acid. He refused to do this. Leslie thought of a flower and began to draw it. Geller managed to draw what Leslie described as 'a rendition of an elephant seen from behind'. 'There was no possibility of trickery. That was good enough for Leslie. The Geller landslide had begun. he had managed to start a clock that had been doctored by a professional clockmaker.' Leslie wrote. The colleague noticed that Geller also began to draw a flower. 'Uri had apparently read my thoughts. he noted. All the same.' While all this was going on. Although Leslie confessed that he was a magician. The sick were healed. he was satisfied .

It began to tick shortly after Geller touched it. an associate member of the Society of American Magicians with forty years of experience in conjuring.' Zorka stated in his report. (Geller was delighted to hear later that Zorka had named one of his Dalmatian puppies Uri. according to Zorka. he did manage to produce readings on the counter while he was rubbing away at the spoon. Then came the final straw that caused the last traces of his scepticism to disappear. wrote a statement that. offering to co-operate with him on future controlled tests. In the event. The Times published a letter from a certain Dr John Worrall claiming that no professional magician had yet been involved in tests of Geller's abilities. and out for the publicity they would gain by it. The dog went on to win several prizes. There was no conceivable way in which Geller could have touched them. he was generally ignored. and Geller reproduced a picture of a dog of which Zorka had merely been thinking.that some were able to bend metal and receive telepathic messages in much the same way as Geller had done.' The reaction of his and Zorka's fellow magicians was interesting. matching it in size as well as in general outline. Neither of the two magicians was able to do the same. the day after they met. in memory of this event. Leslie immediately called a fellow magician who had a Geiger counter and asked him to bring it over.' he wrote. Leo Leslie's final verdict.' If Leslie had reached a negative verdict. it had to happen that my own son came and told me that he could bend teaspoons!' When the boy had 'convinced his sceptical father'. Zorka replied with an open letter (6 January 1976) in which he vigorously rejected all of Randi's allegations. the findings of at least four magicians . Four years later. contained no less than nine errors of fact in nineteen lines of typewriting. based on our present collective knowledge. chairman of the Occult Investigation Committee of the Atlanta Society of Magicians. A fork with a reinforced nylon handle literally exploded in Geller's hand while Zorka was staring straight at it.Leslie. William E. and on opening it up Cox found that both the foil and the regulator arm had moved. Zorka. By then. Abb Dickson and Artur Zorka were already in print. He did. sent an official report to his society's executive committee stating that he and Dickson had tested Geller under conditions of their own design. that any method of trickery could have been used to produce these effects under the conditions to which Uri Geller was subjected. 'Of course. James Randi. nobody else being present. since it can be applied to a good deal of the activities of the witch-hunters: Randi has come to realize that controversy is very lucrative. then on a tour promoting his recently published anti-Geller book. described an experiment for which he had prepared his own double-backed pocket watch by jamming the works with a piece of aluminium foil. He also realizes that the more . it would no doubt have been widely quoted.) 'There is no known way. 'I am convinced that those who wish to call you a fake are no more than fakes themselves. after a total of sixteen meetings with Geller and a good deal of discussion of all aspects of his performances: 'I must emphasize that nothing I have seen or heard in my investigation of Uri Geller has changed my initial conviction that he is in possession of certain psychic powers. 'You proved to me that what you are doing is for real. Cox. Dickson wrote a polite letter to Geller on 3 June 1975. and although Leslie junior was unable to do another spoon-bending job in the presence of this stranger. Cox. His conclusion is worth quoting at some length. Randi even alleged that Geller himself had written out the magicians' report and persuaded them to sign it.

Randi. but because none exists. the issue of Uri Geller is a deeply moral one. I am one of many who wish to set the record straight. Wilhelm. This applies especially to the wellearned reputations of the scientists who have tested Uri Geller. . Randi's brand of commercialism is extremely distasteful to me. albeit in a somewhat different context. His statement lacks substance. by the nineteenthcentury Latin American reformer Simon Bolivar: 'Those who have served the cause of revolution have ploughed the sea. he would be interested in both sides of the coin. the magazine's science editor who later became editor of the Time-Life publication Discover. and outspoken critic of anything he considered to be bogus or deviant science. the anti-Geller witch-hunt began almost as soon as he arrived on the scene. Randi also has mocked scientists in general who have delved into parapsychology at all. who are genuinely seeking answers within the realm of parapsychology . and its stated purpose was identical: not to submit Geller to any kind of serious scientific study.) The same society. amateur magician. and released that information.' He and Dickson must have felt what most honest investigators of Geller were to feel sooner or later. but to save society from him.' 14 The Witch-Hunters In the United States. such as myself. incidentally.' Zorka retorted. and Wilhelm's (then) colleague Leon Jaroff. He named the chief hunters as Martin Gardner. through his own contradictions. 'If that is so. If he were interested in informing the public. Whether Randi is the crusader for the 'poor misinformed public' that he wants to be regarded as being is questionable. along with his attempt to discredit me. More and more. I do not appreciate Randi's apparent commercial attacks on serious scientists and investigators. . Randi is being realized as an unreliable source. a columnist for the Scientific American. not because Randi did not dig to find it. quoting Gardner as declaring: 'Belief in occultism provides a . considering it to be 'merely opinions of relatively inexperienced investigators'. as in Israel. 'For Martin Gardner and the others in his magic circle. there would have been no concern. The feeling was well summed up. has brought himself into a pseudo-expose which is so weak that it is in effect groundless. I have discussed Randi's statement. the magician James Randi. 'I sincerely believe that had Mr Dickson and I discovered Mr Geller at some sort of trickery. I have done so with little effort. (They had not been present during the investigation described in it.controversy which surrounds 'Randi versus Geller'. then I'm afraid we have a contradiction here. had only just named Zorka as its Magician of the Year. the more copies of Randi's book will sell . Its early days were well witnessed at close quarters by John L. six members of Zorka's own society wrote to Geller dissociating themselves from their colleague's report. To add insult to injury. a Time reporter and the author of The Search for Superman (1976). His past performance as a deceptionist regarding the Geller affair is apparently void of respect for honest investigations into the paranormal.' Wilhelm wrote in his book.

'That's the way fascism began. which he had written after his visit to SRI and also sent to his old friend Martin Gardner at the Scientific American. in the Time-Life building in New York. UFOs. pyramid power.climate for the rise of a demagogue. 'both sides argue on the basis of strong personal bias. in addition to those enthusiastic reviewers of Randi's antiGeller book.' He gave Wilhelm the impression that he thought it was about to happen again. is bold enough to investigate carefully the extraordinary claims of true believers and charlatans of the paranormal world. author of Time's March 1974 cover story on 'The Psychics' was even more candid. publisher of the Scientific American. astral projection. . The bugle-call that heralded the official start of the American witch-hunt was the Time article of 12 March 1973 by Leon Jaroff. According to Wilhelm. CSICOP's promotional literature for its journal included this: Are you curious about claims of paranormal phenomena such as the Bermuda Triangle. Hyman. trading news clippings on Geller as kids trade baseball cards'.' he said. This was before Jaroff had ever seen Geller. and the circumstances under which it came to be written give some idea of the lengths to which the hunters were prepared to resort. .' Randi. Founder Fellows included Gardner. he believed that 'SRI should be destroyed' for having carried out research of any kind into paranormal matters. Jaroff and others 'rings continuously with the latest Geller goings-on. On completing their research with Geller at SRI. A copy of this letter found its way somehow or other to Jaroff. he told Geller that Jaroff had already decided that he was a fraud. the 'circuit' consisting of Gardner. Randi also met Geller for the first time on that day. The two met for the first time on 6 February. Stefan Kanfer. 'I don't believe this kind of thing can happen if there are strict conditions. On the one hand. he found Geller's telepathy demonstration 'the saddest. most transparent act I've ever seen'. Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan. 'Regrettably. water witching and the like? . and had even made a bet on it. that he had a copy of Hyman's letter to Gardner in his pocket at the time. according to Wilhelm. cold reading. and his published comments on the event are confusing. Randi later admitted. for example. . On 18 January 1973. to say the least. Jaroff and Randi. Its findings are sometimes humorous. in his book on Geller. .' Wilhelm soon discovered that separating legitimate criticism of Geller from 'the barrage of debunkers' moral outrage' was just as hard as evaluating the claims of his supporters. . Bigfoot.) At this time. to ask if he was interested in printing their findings. these and other similar interests are waiting for you to explore in the Skeptical Inquirer. yet according to Wilhelm he found Uri 'extremely clever' and 'a good magician' with 'a beautiful routine'. (I have been reliably informed that Gardner was not personally responsible for the report reaching Jaroff. psychokinesis. The crusade to save America from the menace of the occult took on new impetus with the founding in 1975 of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) by psychologist Paul Kurtz and sociologist Marcello Truzzi. Puthoff and Targ wrote on 28 December 1972 to Gerard Piel. astrology. rejected the evidence of Puthoff and Targ at SRI out of hand although he had not observed any of their experiments himself. as did a copy of the informal report to the Department of Defense by Ray Hyman.' he wrote. Randi. often sobering. ancient astronauts. precognition. Wilhelm provides further insights into the origins of the American witch-hunt. This dynamic magazine . I think this is precisely what happened in Nazi Germany before the rise of Hitler.

according to whom there was a statistically significant correlation between successful people in various walks of life and the position of the planets at the time of their birth. dispassionate examination of evidence and sober experiment that have made modern civilization what it is? In the past. co-founder Marcello Truzzi had left to found his own journal. on the other hand. initially failed to report them and eventually pretended that this had never been an official CSICOP project was spelled out in full detail by one of its own members.) Later. into the parapsychology laboratory funded by the late James S. came up with results similar to Gauquelin's. he has shown that civilized co-operation between sceptic and believer is possible. no doubt as a result of the 1983 fiasco associated with them to be described shortly. even among some otherwise sensible people. in all sorts of paranormal 'happenings'? Are we in retreat from the scientific ideas of rationality. Then the inevitable happened: Randi and Jaroff were themselves taken for a ride. Shortly after Project Alpha's termination. Randi revealed his hoax. at a news conference in January 1983 sponsored by Discover. a pioneer of the aerospace industry. to his resignation from CSICOP. for whom the pursuit of Geller became something of a personal crusade. listing 192 items. In 1981. Randi even managed to sabotage a research programme by infiltrating a pair of young magicians. CSICOP. none of their claimed findings should be taken seriously. and in 1985 the laboratory was closed. they tried for nearly two years to trick the researchers into proclaiming them genuine Geller-type psychics. some scientists are beginning to fight back. a regular feature of which was his 'I can do what Geller does' routine. invaded scientific laboratories. and also to the defections of some of its more active and influential members. The public was encouraged to believe that since parapsychologists were so easily hoaxed. Of themselves. Originally sponsored by Omni. reaching some remarkable standards of 'dispassionate examination' in the process. the raising and answering of such questions has been left to commentators and journalists. His skilful debunking of the debunkers led. soon resorted to methods of a kind hitherto unknown in any kind of scientific research.always fascinating. claiming to be a spoon-bender and mind-reader and attempting to deceive a number of individuals who were wholly unprepared for such behaviour. There. he founded his own research group. and soon won the respect of many of those whose claims he investigated. Although he has assured me personally that he is a sincere non-believer in psychic powers of any kind. Long before then. dubbed 'Project Alpha'. the Committee had this to say: The more serious-minded among us are starting to ask what is going on. McDonnell. (Its first issue in 1978 included a most valuable 'basic bibliography' of Geller. He toured the United States giving lecture-demonstrations. newspaper offices and parapsychology conferences wearing a variety of disguises. The extraordinary story of how CSICOP carried out a follow-up study. such as the late Richard Kammann and the veteran British psychical researcher Eric J. they were taken over by Discover but have now been discontinued. astronomer Dennis Rawlins. he launched the annual 'Uri Awards for Parapsychology' for what he considered 'the silliest and most irrational claims in relation to the paranormal'. the Zetetic Scholar. however. not surprisingly. Steve Shaw and Mike Edwards. This time around. the Center for Scientific Anomaly Research (CSAR). Why the sudden explosion of interest. as described in the Skeptical Inquirer (Summer 1983). the newsletter of a . CSICOP's first major attempt at careful investigation of an extraordinary claim was a total disaster. Randi. The claim was that of the French psychologist and professional statistician Michel Gauquelin. in the October 1981 issue of Fate. Dingwall.

The newsletter was a fake. people can be fooled for shorter or longer periods .000 to a Mr Stillings of that city to fund the Archaeus Project. . . and suggested that Becker should contact him for clarification. but whom was he imitating the first time he bent a spoon? I will return to this question later. namely: that some. What. Randi replied with the extraordinary allegation that the naming of Medtronic had originated from Stillings. Now that we know this. They did. Project Alpha). inexpensive two-hour exercise in replicating the original experiment of James Randi (i. to whom gifted subjects should apply. To the Metronics Corporation of Minneapolis. in his report on 'Project ROTSUC' ('Randi Ought To Sell Used Cars'): Project ROTSUC was designed as a simple. Stillings printed just two copies and sent them to Shaw and Edwards. I must pursue my inquiry into the possible motivations of some of the more prominent members of CSICOP. . Proving that people other than Uri Geller can bend spoons by sleight-of-hand does not constitute proof in itself that he uses sleight-of-hand. has all this kind of thing to do with 'scientific investigation of claims of the paranormal'? Proving that people can be fooled is hardly necessary. An investment broker named Reid Becker wrote to Randi implying that some of his clients were somewhat concerned to hear of Medtronic's involvement with psychical research. and requested further information. As William James wrote. Mr Stillings then offered financial assistance to a prominent young spoonbender who turned out to be one of the masquerading magicians of Project Alpha . He concluded. what are we going to do with it? I suggest that we all start behaving like civilized human beings . and Stillings had not 'offered financial assistance' to Shaw. and was misspelled into the bargain. a Discover news release signed by Randi had this to say about one of his Uri Awards: Funding Category. on clumsily faked notepaper. but the first swindler of that kind imitated someone who was honest. since everybody who pays to attend a magic show already knows this. On 1 April 1983. devoted to observing people who bend spoons at parties. many will be asking. we find it always imitative.e. but his words apply equally well to individuals such as Geller. Edwards. No such award had been made. for it was Stillings himself who wrote the 'Becker' letter. First. as Stillings made clear in his own news release. You can no more create an absolutely new trick than you can create a new word without any previous basis. Stillings promptly did it again. perhaps all. in the American Magazine (October 1909): If we look at imposture as a historic phenomenon. or anybody else.but he had even managed to make a total of four mistakes in his brief news release: the non-fund had been increased from $217.small Minneapolis research group. confident that they would promptly reach Randi. Not only had Randi fallen for his bait .000. Many conjurors have imitated him. . He had no need to do this. Stillings could not believe it. One swindler imitates a previous swindler. The Archaeus Project.a confessed fake. who gave $250. To drive home the point that magicians can be fooled as easily as any other group.000 had been set up for a metal-bending research programme under Archaeus director Dennis Stillings. You do not know how to go about it.hook. James was referring to the physical phenomena of the Victorian seance room. line and sinker . the Medtronic Corporation had nothing to do with it at all. We find the implicit conclusion of Project Alpha confirmed.000 to $250. . announced that a fund of $217. such as tabletilting.

'This'. A socialized and co-operative economic order must be established to the end that equitable distribution of the means of life is possible. printing Rhine's picture under the heading 'A Long History of Hoaxes' and alongside a photograph of the Cottingley Fairies. 19 No. insisting that it does not lead to any change in materialist concepts of nature. notably in Iceland. It is true that the Nazis made clever and successful use of traditional magical ritual. 1955).' It is a minor absurdity. Affirmation Fourteen reads as follows: The humanists are firmly convinced that existing acquisitive and profit-motivated society has shown itself to be inadequate and that a radical change . yet there are no signs of any serious fascist threat in that country. The fact that it survived much attention from Senator McCarthy's infamous Committee on Unamerican Activities is. but they came to power mainly by efficient organization and brute force. and propaganda with mystic overtones. my friend commented. Rawlins wanted to know where all the money flowing into CSICOP from its journal's 18. and reissued forty years later. The Humanist. in an article on the late Professor J. 6. a member of its board of directors and editor of its journal. 1959). Rawlins was told that all of it (nearly $300. 1959). Humanism is a perfectly respectable philosophical movement dating back to the Renaissance.) Suspicions that CSICOP no longer had any real interest in the scientific investigation of anything at all were raised at its 1983 conference. As reported by a friend of mine who was present. All the same. compared with the principle that seems to underlie the actions of CSICOP and its parent body. The magazine has even managed to lay down a humanist party line on quantum mechanics (Vol. symbolism. however. 1962) to Zen Buddhism (Vol. Targets have included religions of all kinds. from traditional Jewish cognitive wisdom (Vol. it has its roots in the writings of such social reformers and critics of the American way of life as Felix Adler and Irving Babbitt. The first humanist manifesto was published in 1933. there was an interesting exchange at question time between Kurtz and Dennis Rawlins. 15 No. now that its original research activities seemed to have ceased altogether. Rhine (Vol. though while the American Humanist Association stands for much that the ideological fathers of communism stood for. it must be stressed that it does so quite legitimately. linked to the American Humanist Association by way of psychologist Paul Kurtz. 'was patently absurd.These become somewhat easier to understand if we regard the organization as a political rather than a scientific one.000) went on producing the journal and organizing conferences.50 each) was going. the most cursory of glances through the pages of The Humanist shows that it has consistently attacked anything that can be seen as a deviation from classical Marxist materialism. the American Humanist Association: that widespread interest in the occult leads to fascism. 4. B. in my view. in which attention is focused on man and his potential abilities and away from theological or spiritual matters. Neither Marx nor Engels could have put it more plainly. (Time went even further in its anti-psi diatribe of March 1974. with a preface by Kurtz. As for parapsychology. . to its credit. it referred to his department at Duke University as a 'Super-Scientific Institute of Raciology' and gave the clear impression that the pioneer of academic parapsychology was mentally deranged. held in Buffalo. where would-be dictators will have . 1.000 subscribers (at $16. In the United States. 19 No. 22 No. Interest in occult matters is widespread in West Germany today. . and there is no suggestion that it has ever behaved in an undemocratic or subversive way. 1. It is also widespread in the rest of Western Europe. After some delay. New York. sometimes using the kind of language employed by Pravda when referring to capitalism. must be instituted.

who died in 1985. He gave little away when I met him for an hour's polite chat. ended his six-page diatribe against parapsychology with a ringing call for a 'thorough examination of the phenomena by those who do not express an a priori belief'. who unfortunately has not made his findings public. On arrival there they were presented with a sugar lump.' He has shown no sign of either. which they were told to put under their pillows at night. it may be no coincidence that the longest-serving dictator of this century. They reject any suggestion of a spiritualistic interpretation of any of these.a hard time seizing power since the country has no armed forces at all. if the humanists had their way.000 members. or the study of the influence of solar and cosmic radiation on biological systems. She was studied for several years by Dr Georgi Lozanov. and to a lesser extent in Hungary and Romania. 'biophysical effect' to psychokinesis and 'extrasensor' to medium or psychic. preferring 'bioinformation transfer' to telepathy and clairvoyance. One cannot escape the suspicion that CSICOP and the humanists would like to do the same. Stefan Kanfer. they would hand it to her. Serious occultists. There is considerable interest in parapsychological matters in the Soviet Union and the Slavic countries of Poland. There has recently been a major explosion of interest in China as well. an opinion confirmed by every Bulgarian I met during a visit to that intriguing country. It is ironic that while the humanists and CSICOP do their best to wipe the paranormal from the face of American society. present and future. When their turn came for a 'reading' from Vanga. Poland's Psychotronic Society. They have changed the terminology. then embarking upon a detailed account of her client's past. except to make it clear that he regarded her clairvoyance as genuine. Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria. but they accept the facts and study them as enthusiastically as do their colleagues in the West. author of the Time cover story of March 1974 already mentioned. banned all forms of religion altogether. in which he tramples on every alternative hypothesis. 'Modern science should indeed arouse in all of us a humility before the immensity of the unexplored and a tolerance for crazy hypotheses. A special hotel was built in her home town of Petrich. During . However. a blind lady named Vanga Dimitrova. magnetic or psychic. Enver Hoxha of Albania. is the largest of its kind in the world. other than its celebrated gunboats. life and creation. Martin Gardner has written. to accommodate visitors. Bulgaria is the only country in the world known to have a state-run parapsychology research institute. It also had a state-run clairvoyant. Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (1957). Its widespread acceptance and official approval has led to an interest in subtle interactions of all kinds. as I can testify from first-hand experience. the state of affairs in many communist countries is quite different. near the Greek border. On the other hand. and she would press it against her forehead for a moment. director of the Research Institute for Suggestology in Sofia. with 4. devote their energies to an exploration of any path that might lead them to a better understanding of the mysteries of nature. that of heliobiology. to judge from some of the published material I have mentioned. (Marcello Truzzi. crazy or not. at least those of my acquaintance. The professional sceptic is for ever assuring us of his open-mindedness. The fact that many such paths lead to dead-ends is no excuse for not exploring them. indeed he has written a popular book. who visited China and reported on its psychic scene quite fairly. whether they be electric. was told off in public at a recent CSICOP meeting for even going there to look at what was happening!) Soviet researchers have developed an entirely new scientific discipline. all such paths would be off limits. One wonders why he did not attempt this himself.

.the lecture I gave at its 1983 conference in Warsaw I counted more than 800 heads in the audience. Any experiment involving supposed psychic ability of any kind involves at least two minds: those of the subject and the researcher. Stamp it out. There was a time when scientific proof of a new hypothesis was a fairly straightforward procedure. most of them professional research scientists. a widespread attitude in the supposedly free Western world is: 'There's something dangerous going on. Nobel Prizes were handed out to their discoverers in a very short time. it has become widely accepted that Uri Geller has been unmasked as a fraud. Geller has never been proved fraudulent. to behave as predictably in the laboratory as a microchip or a strand of DNA. If there is such a thing as psychic power. It is possible that it never will be proved either way. "Possibly" is not good enough. and I suspect this is the way he likes it. A young Soviet scientist told us that he had already attended table-tilting sessions back home. You set up a controlled experiment. At a conference held in the smart new Trades Union Congress headquarters in Bratislava. some important new discoveries have been accepted very quickly. I have never come across doubts as to the existence of psi phenomena. 'in the world of science no one at all cares what we think possibly may have happened. most of whom could not recall the source of this information. and waited for somebody else to repeat them. at least two individuals have made public careers out of their psychic abilities in much the same way as Uri Geller has done in the West. strange things are likely to happen. we can reasonably expect that it will be . and the 'Josephson Effect' that contributed to the fastest technological revolution in history. They seemed to remember reading it somewhere . In recent years. which continues to this day.' We cannot expect the human mind. Targ. and his role was taken over after his death by one of his admirers. Let's find out what it is. where such things seemed to be regarded as a normal weekend pastime.' On the other hand. published your results. In the course of many meetings with Soviet and East Europeans. Tofik Dadashev. also in 1983. Their attitude can be summed up as: 'There's something interesting going on. In the Soviet Union. Why was no prize awarded to Puthoff. once it was clear that nobody was going to disprove their claims. They wanted to go back to our hotel and get a table off the ground there and then. I gave a talk on Victorian table-tilting. All that can be said with near certainty is that when Geller enters a laboratory. of whom Western visitors to a 1973 conference in Prague were allowed a brief and tantalizing glimpse. Czechoslovakia has a long tradition of interest in nonmaterial matters. the largest number I have ever seen at an event of this kind. the most important being that nobody can be sure exactly what this effect is. The late Wolf Messing brought telepathy and clairvoyance to every corner of the country with his stage performances. Nor has he ever been proved to have genuine psychic abilities beyond any reasonable doubt. After fifteen years of the kind of debunking of which I have given several examples. . During one of the breaks a young Polish medical doctor startled a group of us by diagnosing the past and present physical conditions of everybody at the table without any kind of examination or even any questioning. the most complex thing in the universe. after which I was besieged by delegates from several Eastern bloc countries for more information . Nobody can expect a prize for announcing this. or anybody else for the discovery of the Geller Effect? There are many reasons.and immediate practical instruction. such as the structure of the DNA 'double helix' molecule. I have been assured of this personally by many who should know better. As Targ put it in his and Harold Puthoff's book Mind-Reach (1977).' Mud sticks.

Yet there is no lack of testimony. These have at . at the very least. whether consciously or not. any evidence that they do exist must not be considered even theoretically possible. since neither subject nor experimenter will ever be in precisely the same state of mind on more than one occasion. 'If anybody was telepathic. why inexpert persons choose to reject the positive evidence for the existence of psi phenomena. from those who should know. just as 'the persistent hen will find the golden corn in the dung-heap'. this would not happen. . As William James remarked in the essay already quoted. falling in love at first sight? What would happen if we took a man and a woman off the street. since there is no place for them in the model of reality they have chosen to adopt. it is almost inevitable that no psychic experiment can be repeated. there is no lack of evidence for the existence of what are called psi phenomena: telepathy. they should be able to quite easily demonstrate the effect to anybody. and Uri Geller brought it into sharp focus. Hansel. The fact that many people have had no such luck is irrelevant. Johannes Kepler warned his fellow astronomers not to 'throw out the baby with the bathwater' when dealing with astrology. but what it does specifically remains hidden. There are other reasons. M. 'The belief in the effect of the constellations derives in the first place from experience. 'the step-daughter of astronomy'. it must be destroyed. and have decided that even attempting to study people like him is out of order. and will only operate when conditions are exactly right. Likewise. Moreover. I would be completely satisfied by just talking to the person for a few minutes and asking him to say what I was thinking of. One persistent critic of Parapsychology. On the one hand. . placed them in front of each other and ordered them to develop an immediate and lasting passion for each other? In many cases. I have met most of them. We can also expect that the researcher will be making use of it during the experiment.influenced by very subtle stimuli. thinks it so rare as to be unworthy of attention. written the year before he died after a lifetime of first-hand observation of a vast amount of well-documented phenomena of this kind: The first difference between the psychical researcher and the inexpert person is that the former realizes the commonness and typicality of the phenomenon. Three centuries ago. that people have fallen in love at first sight and remained together until parted by death. The former quite reasonably consider the phenomena to be inherently so improbable that they require exceptional evidence before they will consider them. The 'inexpert' doubters are not prepared to concede that the phenomena could exist. we have a long list of well-qualified professional scientists who study him in their laboratories and conclude that. This is the attitude shared by the great majority of today's professional parapsychologists. On the other hand. while the latter. Professor C. and I have yet to meet one who is unaware of the vast amount of dung that has been strewn over the field ever since research into it began more than a century ago.' he wrote. clairvoyance. The anti-psi community can be divided into honest doubters and 'inexpert' doubters. there is a contradiction here. declared in a 1983 television interview. Suppose that we applied it to.' However. precognition and psychokinesis. moreover) is nonsensical.' Such an argument (from a professor of psychology. not only by the fraudulent mediums and psychics but by some equally fraudulent researchers. 'which is so convincing that it can be denied only by people who have not examined it . as I have indicated. As Artur Zorka put it. less informed. say. he is worth further study. the truth could be found if one looked for it. E. That the sky does something to man is obvious. Therefore. we have the dishonest doubters who have not examined him at all.

author of some telepathy research once considered to be classic. the issue of Time dated 12 March and containing the offensive and inaccurate diatribe entitled 'The Magician and the Think-Tank' was already at the printers. a Stanford employee named Zev Pressman. from Daniel Home to Uri Geller. to the professional photographer who had made the film. . But it was not true. the film). . B.last been debunked in their turn by the historian Brian Inglis. I have never met nor spoken to nor corresponded with Randi. ESP. These quotations are from Flim-Flam.' .e. and the fact that he has survived them is strong evidence for both the genuineness of his abilities and the falsity of the charges made against him. even before it was published. but by ruthless babykillers. The psychical research community has shown that it can handle its black sheep without any help from them. said Randi. 'I made the film. I will give one final example of the depths to which his attackers have sunk in their efforts to finish him off. unfounded assumptions. One cannot help wondering if organisations such as CSICOP serve any useful purpose other than the satisfaction of its members' lust for blood. a member of the Society for Psychical Research. Nothing was restaged or specially created . If true. had been added to the film 'without his knowledge or permission'. The rest of them would fill another book. that of Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ at Stanford in 1972. and unauthorized use of private correspondence. Soal. Unicorns and other Delusions' . Pressman flatly denied all of Randi's allegations in two public the SPR. FlimFlam. they were made on a basis of hearsay. As I have already described. The Magic of Uri Geller. attempts were made to debunk the first serious research involving him.he turned.'Psychics. . this would be a very serious matter and Pressman would be guilty of complicity in deliberate fraud. Part of the film was of a 'reenactment'. who produced the evidence that finished off the reputation of the late Dr S. The objects of unnamed Stanford staff members were based on 'Pressman's revelations about his part in it' (i.' said Pressman. By then. Several examples of fraudulent debunking of Uri Geller have been given in this book. Her findings were immediately published . G. with an extraordinary series of unfounded allegations. who equally promptly made the facts public. shown at a public meeting at Columbia University. whose well-documented book The Hidden Power (1986) reveals that almost every 'unmasking' in the history of psychical research. Pressman 'knew nothing about most of what appeared under his name. A member of the late Dr J. Once the research was out in the open. Pressman's name.none of which he had witnessed himself . has been carried out not by persistent hens. neither of which was even mentioned in the 1982 reissue of the book. both by me and by him. It was Betty Markwick. Rhine's staff was caught fiddling a computer in order to produce spurious data and was promptly thrown out by Rhine himself. The "revelations" he attributes to me are pure fiction. The research was first made public on 9 March 1973 in the form of a film entitled Experiments with Uri Geller. As I have shown. James Randi set about attacking it in his book. It is worth mentioning here that both of the two major scandals of psychical research of recent years were revealed by members of the community without any help from the professional sceptics and debunkers.suggests a difficulty in distinguishing between babies and bathwater. and one whole segment 'is now known to be a restaged and specially created one'. and he disagreed with the part that he did know about'. in a later book. . 'and my name appeared with my full knowledge and permission . the subtitle of which . Not content with denigrating the characters of Puthoff and Targ and dismissing in toto their research .

I repeat. Sex Without Love. claimed that Uri used a palmed magnet to stop watches something he has never attempted to do. The Company is just as good at this kind of thing as its Soviet counterpart. Randi is at his most accurate when describing himself. The above scenario (which. I include it merely as an example of how 'careful investigation' of the kind favoured by CSICOP could be used against them. If I were to adopt the research methods of the psi-cops. is malicious nonsense) could be rewritten to 'prove' that the Central Intelligence Agency and not the KGB is calling the psicops' shots. When criticizing Geller. Their own behaviour sometimes suggests to me that we are indeed. most of which is untrue and based on smears and assumptions: As is well known. One was quoted at second hand (from The Humanist). many of whose members are known Marxists? What would be more convenient than to set up a publishing house to publish the propaganda of the Humanists and their CSICOP sub-agents? (Sample titles: Atheism . Why should we believe anything else Christopher (or any other magician) alleges? Fortunately. anything goes.'Are we in retreat from the scientific ideas of rationality. Or one of those off-limits laboratories in Akademgorodok in Siberia. both of which know that anybody suggesting anything like the above will be denounced as a paranoid witch-hunter. of course. A well-known parapsychologist recently announced in public that eight years after one of his projects was completed. Milbourne Christopher. often without the knowledge of group members. Again. it would be the last to know. while the other. as they were in the 23 June 1985 issue of the Sunday Times after columnist Henry Porter had mentioned them.) Why go to so much trouble and expense to discredit the whole field of parapsychology? To distract attention from the real work that is going on at somewhere like the tightly-guarded Institute for Cosmic Biology at Khodinsk airfield just outside Moscow. I would have no difficulty in producing the following scenario. one of the purposes of the Soviet Committee for State Security (KGB) is to undermine Western society. Ethics Without God. Everything Geller has ever claimed to do has been done by others. If CSICOP was being manipulated by any intelligence organization. 'I'm an actor playing a part.' he said in the PM Magazine television interview of 1 July 1982. Even Reader's Digest prefers magicians' allegations to scientists' testimony. these are both common and typical. What would be a more obvious target for penetration than the Humanist Association. let me repeat that most of the above four paragraphs is nonsense. he learned that the money had originated from the CIA. the entire case for the existence of useful and hitherto unexplained faculties in human beings does not rest solely on Uri Geller. In its book Mysteries of the Unexplained. before . and I do it for the purpose of entertainment. His role as scientific investigator was not one of his successes. we are told that Uri's feats 'have now been largely dismissed as fraudulent'. The Problem of God. or to do any of them with quite as much panache. So. although nobody has yet claimed to do all of them. It has frequently done this by infiltrating legitimate protest or dissident groups and using them for its own purposes. I found them to be a pair of magicians. Allegations of CIA or KGB involvement would be denied in all good faith by CSICOP officials.The Case Against God. or Alma-Ata in Kazakhstan. Tracking this unsupported statement to its sources. As William James put it. dispassionate examination of evidence and sober experiment that have made modern civilization what it is?' the founders of CSICOP asked in their promotional literature.

2 Anomalous physical phenomena: psychokinesis. Their subject was a New Yorker named Ingo Swann.presenting some evidence and conclusions of my own. 15 The State of the Art On 30 November and 1 December 1983 a symposium was held in Leesburg. locating natural resources and making computers go wrong. I will summarize it here in two sections: 1 Anomalous mental phenomena: telepathy. By scanning those co-ordinates (hence the word Scanate) he hoped to provide a description more detailed than any available map of the site in question would show. for it was his idea to try to obtain useful information at long distance . Its purpose. Swann did not go into a trance. No guest list was published. Subjects discussed ranged from telepathy. No mention was made of Geller in the published Proceedings of the Leesburg symposium. clairvoyance.any distance . To fly nineteen people from all parts of the country and put them up for two or three days must have cost a good deal. or 'remote viewing' as they prefer to call it at SRI International. This one was somewhat unusual. Dr Scott Jones of Kaman Tempo. in the plain language of the host. The experimenters on that occasion were Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ. or jump into an isolation tank. There was also a discussion of the military applications of 'anomalous phenomena'. was: 'to bring a group of senior researchers to Washington to share their assessments of where we are in 1983 in ability to apply psychic phenomena. and it should be noted that they were not asked to discuss the possible existence of psychic phenomena. There were nineteen speakers. precognition and remote sensing (dowsing). It was organized by Kaman Tempo. The first type of mental phenomena discussed was clairvoyance. several of them heads of major university departments. and the guests were described as 'senior scientists and civilian and military managers'. clairvoyance. but there was plenty of discussion of almost everything he has ever claimed to do. an artist and writer by profession who was widely read in parapsychology and had plenty of ideas of his own as to how his abilities should be tested. precognition and psychokinesis to 'human/equipment interaction systems' (i. I will devote a chapter to the recent activities of some of the others. He simply made . on 'Applications of Anomalous Phenomena'. or interactions between mind and matter on all levels from the microscopic to the macroscopic. California. a division of the Kaman Sciences 'think-tank' in Santa Barbara.with nothing more to go on than the geographical co-ordinates of the site.e. and its stated purpose was 'to provide a venue where outside-of-government researchers could present government managers and scientists with details of their research and an assessment of the potential of applications of this research'. Virginia. people affecting computers) and 'the continuity of life'. from bending spoons and reading minds to finding objects and missing persons. He deserves the credit for launching Project Scanate in the first place. but to describe what was being done with them. In all countries meetings are frequently held at which scientists brief members of governments and intelligence communities on recent developments in their fields. where Project Scanate got under way on 29 May 1973. and what they project the 1990 position to be'. beat drums. the two laser physicists who had begun to look into anomalous matters the previous year with Uri Geller.

Jahn explained. notably the Princeton University group headed by Dr Robert G. There have been some intriguing spin-offs from the work at SRI and Princeton. It is quite wrong to assume. Descriptions of these provided by Scanate subjects were later confirmed. Roger Sperry. the viewer agrees at once. and another is that it is possible to get better at it. dean of its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. like most other things. It comes out of a worm. "I see one of those things that. included a number of very sensitive military locations in the Soviet Union. it really works!' More than a hundred tests were carried out during the life of Project Scanate. but could not put names to them. 'performs his perception and fills out his check sheet hours. In his book Mind Wars (1984). and found his impressions to be as accurate as those of Swann and the others. He had been particularly successful in what he described as 'precognitive remote perception'. in some cases very precisely. they could recognize shapes and general impressions. but such fine details as contents of locked file cabinets."' Told it sounds rather like a butterfly. There are some striking similarities between the findings of the remote viewing researchers and those of the scientists who pioneered the study of the workings of our two brain hemispheres. site of what is officially described as a weather research centre. in which six other subjects later took part. they could describe things in words. who won a Nobel Prize for his split-brain research. found that when people had their brain hemispheres forcibly separated in order to suppress major afflictions of epilepsy. His reaction. of which Swann drew an accurate map. flies around and has got wings. as some have. McRae describes how the agent later took part himself in a Scanate test as a subject. that normal people with intact brains make use of one half independently of the other. Summarizing the SRI research in remote viewing.' What passed through the minds of some of the military members of his audience when he told them that has not been recorded. The most common of these is trying too hard to interpret what is picked up by the viewer in the form of shapes. one logical and analytical. lit a cigar. In my book If This Be Magic (1985) I suggested calling them left- . Using only their left hemispheres. As Puthoff explained during his presentation: 'A viewer will say. after three successful runs. before the target is visited by the agent . in association with the National Security Agency. their two brain-halves responded to external information in quite different ways. Other targets selected were nearer home: one was an installation in the Washington area of which the subject provided not only a general description. by practising and learning to avoid simple mistakes. It is in fact the site of a Soviet missile-tracking installation. by satellite observations. were provided by a source identified by reporter Ron McRae as a case officer from the Central Intelligence Agency who had been assigned to check out the psychic scene. in most cases.indeed. All the same. you know. which ran for two years. and in some cases even days. Jahn. Targets chosen by the CIA. but isn't a bird. the other intuitive. was: 'My God. Using only their right hemispheres. Our brains are designed to operate as single integrated entities. One is that it has been found that almost anybody can do remote viewing. 'The percipient'. Puthoff pointed out that several other laboratory teams had successfully replicated it. took a sip of coffee and began to reel off very precise descriptions of locations thousands of miles away about which Puthoff and Targ knew nothing except their exact longitude and latitude. The co-ordinates for Project Scanate. was the remote Pacific island of Kerguelen. but they could not identify them by shape or touch. but I can't think of the name of it. it is common experience that we all have two modes of thinking. One of these.himself comfortable. before the target has even been selected.

' A man was later tried and convicted. but they would describe them in words or on paper quite wrongly because of what Ingo Swann called 'analytical overlay'. Osis tried to follow up the post office lead. With the help of Schwartz's team. One way round this problem is to use more than one viewer at a time. One said that she had been struck on the head. including a photographer. 'was perfect. select and train . He described one of his most successful assignments at the Leesburg symposium. She stated that the killer was an employee of a certain post office. All of these could be said to be reasonable guesses for a case of this kind. It was one of his most frustrating cases. Next to describe progress in the field of psychic detection was Dr Karlis Osis. as he has described in this book. Having a daughter of his own of the same age. somebody else's intuition). research director of the American Society for Psychical Research in New York. there are times when one is a hindrance rather than a help. He was given a photograph of the girl. Both of them announced that the girl was dead. or what I would call left-mind swamping of the right-mind channel. or right mind. to see if he could help on a case of a missing fourteen-year-old girl. which the police were good enough to acknowledge in writing. an investment banker. that picked up the correct information. and find we have made a mistake and that it was the intuitive channel. they found the body and solved the case. While Uri Geller was working on the Son of Sam case. and both agreed that the killer was a man known to the girl. the two Mobius psychics went on to build up a picture of events that was detailed enough to persuade the police to search the area they described. but without a body there was little the police could do. 'We know what to do. looked at with hindsight. the other that she had been suffocated. The girl. but was denied access to staff records. However. based in Los Angeles. for five of the group produced no useful information at all. a retired hunting guide and a house wife. We often feel our intuitions contradicting our sense of logic. There are also times when we suppress an intuition (or. Schwartz felt strongly motivated to help. Pennsylvania. act logically. Some viewers could perceive targets with remarkable accuracy.mind and right-mind modes for convenience. On some projects he used as many as eleven. Osis was doing the same independently using a group of six. had been both struck on the head and suffocated. He had been approached by a district attorney from Lancaster County. and this was the approach developed by Stephan Schwartz and his Mobius Group. could have led to an early arrest if they had been co-ordinated with Geller's information and acted upon. Both thought that there had been a sexual assault. for example. incidentally. which hypotheses to test. He assembled a team of clairvoyants of widely differing backgrounds. This is precisely what has been found to happen again and again during remote viewing experiments. He had been under suspicion. So they found the body. while the sixth provided specific details that. and pointed out that while the normal brain must make full use of both. and he soon found that two brains were better than one in the psychic detection business. but was only able to reach two of his pool of clairvoyants on this occasion. Yet he remained optimistic about the potential application of psychic sensing to the detection of criminals. Schwartz reported. 'The description of the area where the body was found'. while three were better still. but no further information except that she had disappeared. and even provided part of his car licence-plate number. more often. how to optimize procedures.

he added. and its unpredictable nature has made it something that many scientists would rather not allow into their well-ordered laboratories. all police college libraries have a copy of W. he assured me. S. I came across one example of such a will myself at about this time.' All that was now needed. I hope that. Thomas of Springfield. When Swann learned that the thing he was supposed to influence was out of sight under a slab of . It is not only very amusing. If any of them went on to look into the history of research in telepathy and clairvoyance. had been able to provide him with accurate and useful information concerning major crimes. She had never solved a case on her own. Swann's own version of what happened was given at a lecture to the Society for Psychical Research in London in April 1978. or superconducting magnetometer. published in 1982 by Charles C. and what equipment and software are necessary to facilitate our efforts. Hibbard and R. It was known as a Squid. 'When methods of applying ESP become operational. but he reckoned that psychics had a useful part to play as just one of several types of specialist who can contribute to the solution of crimes. This. asking if we could provide her with source material for her research project: the use of psychics in police work. I was doing some reading in the library of the Society for Psychical Research in London when a young woman police cadet turned up. Uri Geller was not the first person in whose presence expensive equipment began to act strangely on the SRI premises. but not all that difficult to induce. they would have found no shortage of textbooks in the libraries in which all the basic rules are spelled out in plain language. he concluded. Worring's Psychic Criminology: an operations manual for using psychics in criminal investigations. but it gives a good idea of the psychological conditions needed for successful experiments in psychokinesis. and is hitherto unpublished. is something we can work with. That honour belongs to Ingo Swann. I have also met a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.' he told his audience at Leesburg. The scene was the basement of the Varian Physics Building at Stanford University (of which SRI International is now independent) and the scientist in charge of the experiment was Harold Puthoff. and it was buried under the concrete floor. and Russell Targ had not yet joined him for the Geller research. The first thing Puthoff asked Swann to do was to pit his wits against a machine that had been designed specifically to be impervious to external influences of any kind except those it was supposed to measure: extremely weak magnetic fields. and the experiment in which he was involved was more scientifically acceptable than the incident with Geller and the DARPA computer. because Swann did exactly what he was asked to do. they may have decided. Psychokinesis. It also gives some idea of the problems these tend to cause.talented persons. including murder. was 'a will to proceed'. there will be no walls for the criminals to hide behind. or anomalous physical phenomena. Upton Sinclair's Mental Radio (1930) and Rene Warcollier's Mind to Mind (1948) would have provided enough teaching material for a trial course in applied telepathy for civil or military purposes. together with a lady who. The 'civilian and military managers' who spent the weekend at Leesburg must have concluded that anomalous phenomena of the mental kind were not only quite common and potentially very useful. One day. W. A will to proceed is to be found here and there. is an altogether different matter. as the following example illustrates. by now. Illinois. It was June 1972. Nobody is quite sure what all the rules are.

He remarked that his best results were always obtained when he was trying to get his own back on his investigators.concrete. One of the observers went into a compulsive nervous laugh. the section in question being signed by Swann. as he put it. the machine continued to run normally in the presence of its inventor for a further hour. Ten years later.' said one of the scientists. Lee. but this was the first time he had been asked to perform physical work on one of his astral trips. 'I'd achieved what I wanted. explaining that this would show up on the chart recorder that had already been running normally for an hour.' Having done so. but agreed he would be impressed if Swann could stop the signal altogether. you'll have to say I really did it?' The designer of the Squid. 'I don't know what I did. he found his psychic powers had 'receded' from him. He promptly made a sketch to prove it. when he steered the conversation back to the magnetometer. Dr Arthur Hebard. He then distracted Swann's attention by discussing something else for a few minutes. Puthoff and physicist Dr Martin J.' he recalled. by announcing that he could actually see the workings of the instrument. 'Oh my God. showing a steady trace on the paper. So. and Swann himself began to giggle. he had demonstrated his ability to travel 'out of the body' in a series of well-observed experiments in New York. after the experiment was over. 'If you can do it again. 'If I do it again. Much of the best work came from SRI. Five seconds or so later either the magnetometer or the chart recorder . Instead of moving up and down in a steady and symmetrical sine-wave pattern. 'Well. Swann set to work. Swann tried but failed.' he was told. Then he thought: If it doesn't work. suggested that there might be something wrong with his machine. 'Let's get this straight. All 'they' wanted to know. and it understandably annoys them. who included the designer of the Squid. it might be interesting. 'which was to teach them a lesson. 'That's the thing I just took out a patent on. I'm finished. Earlier.' he said. 'except that I knew I was going to get these guys if it was the last thing I did.' Psychics are always being told this.entered a period of mechanical brain-death that lasted for three-quarters of a minute. Nobody is supposed to know about that. the recorder's pen ran in a straight line. 'Float down there and interfere with the magnetic field. However. was not possible to establish which .' said Swann through clenched teeth. Then.' He then startled the three scientists present. though was: could he do it again? With commendable patience. Puthoff noted that the forty-five-second period of flat chart trace coincided exactly with the time during which Swann was trying to do what he had been asked. he asked icily what he had to do. as Puthoff described it. where Puthoff and Targ were joined in 1976 by nuclear physicist .' Then followed a period in which 'the frequency of the oscillation doubled for about thirty seconds'. he felt he had been tricked. Swann asked if he had done anything convincing.' he said.' said Puthoff. but if it does. This is plainly visible on the chart recording published in Mind-Reach. 'I knew I had them. there had been a total of 281 laboratory experiments in psychokinesis. having worked himself into 'a real fizz'. during which the sine-wave returned to its normal shape and stayed put. the chart instantly showed a most anomalous burst of high-frequency activity. His first impulse was to thump Puthoff in the face and fly home to New York. There was some nervous laughter.

the house journal of a wellknown computer manufacturer. some of the military and civilian managers must have been thinking. It would work perfectly well for anybody else. 'I'm still expecting my CPC464 to malfunction any time now. 'If it involves a computer. as radar dishes used to do in my RAF days. Some of Edwin May's subjects at SRI were able to do even better than that.' he concluded. who published his first results in 1969. There is a rather odd radar installation there which is not pointing up in the air. and the overall result of the series was statistically highly significant. On a visit to a factory. with the Amstrad. but there was no known way of predicting exactly when the machine would choose 0 or 1. and he too was able to present results for which pure chance seemed an unconvincing explanation. whatever the spokesmen for the Central Electricity Generating Board prefer to tell us. they can snarl up computers. The trend now was to use specially designed random number generators (RNGs) that enabled physicists to study something with which they felt more at home: the decay of a radioactive substance. Take. Some of them were able to shift the scoring rate in either direction on request. I felt some of the same effects at the Greenham Common airfield. the case of 'the man who bugs micros without really trying'. I have spent a couple of very uncomfortable weekends in the Dorset village of Fishpond. to register what Jahn called PK-plus or PK-minus. The Princeton group carried out a series of experiments. As both May and Jahn reported to their audience at Leesburg. some running for weeks or even months and using eight different operators as subjects. you can almost guarantee it will malfunction if I'm around. not to mention that of their owners and designers. as did a colleague who was with me. especially when they are pulsed at very low frequencies. They can indeed. If people can move particles around at a distance. Many of the campers . the NATO missile base that has been the target of a prolonged camp-in by anti-nuclear women protesters. and from Robert Jahn's engineering department at Princeton. Scientists reckoned that if a mind could bend a spoon it should be able to control the movement of a single atomic particle. It was known that a chunk of rock of a certain composition would decay to emit a stream of particles that could be made to switch on a light or generate a digit. He only had to move a few feet away. Wait a minute. These could have something to do with the high rate of fatal heart attacks and accidents caused by drivers blacking out there.. and before long the RNG replaced the parapsychologists' playing cards and dice as the standard apparatus for testing PK.000 that it was due to chance alone. which could easily be measured and recorded. a physicist with Boeing in Seattle. Peter Strickland is a textile technician who has an unusual problem.' he said. he had caused chaos on the production line because the computer that was controlling it 'went berserk' every time he approached it. certainly can affect people. where the locals have been campaigning for ten years to have their overhead power lines re-sited after experiencing a wide range of most unpleasant symptoms. He was now the proud but nervous owner of his first home computer. I felt a peculiar loss of focus. but straight along the ground. The pioneer in this field was Dr Helmut Schmidt. Electric fields.Dr Edwin C. May. but for its owner it could not get the simplest sums right. When I approached the fifteen-mile chain-link fence that surrounds the base. there had been much progress since the early days in which star subjects such as Geller and Swann had threatened the well-being of expensive pieces of modern technology. There was one probability in about 10. however. or ON or OFF. described in the April 1985 issue of Computing. The poor fellow could not even use his own microchip-based calculator. and it would return to sanity and normal operation. for example.

his first hypothesis was laid to rest. thirteen scored below chance level. which meant they were to try to 'beat' the computer at all costs. however. It was discussed at the Leesburg meeting by Dr Robert Morris of Syracuse University (now Koestler Professor of Parapsychology at Edinburgh University). he divided them into two groups. he added some 'relaxation enhancement' in the form of light hypnosis to the . needed a closer whom we spoke had suffered even worse effects. The effects that some people have on electricity is quite another matter. waving their arms and yelling at it as if they were at a football game if they felt like it. for there was no significant difference between the scores of the strivers and the non-strivers. He began by pointing out that although it was quite common to describe certain people as accident-prone. break. they should know about it. An alert observer persuaded the repairman to come in and out of the room three more times. Morris mentioned a recent episode of the apparent opposite of the 'Pauli Effect'. he did not need to remind his audience that if there was a psi component in the ever-increasing interactions between human and computer in the 1980s. The eventual solution: 'They got someone else to repair it. in fact. each dot being one step to the left or right of the preceding one. This called for immediate replication. the same thing happened. shatter or burn'. The second hypothesis. Subjects were asked to make the trail drift over to one side. Using thirty-two undergraduates as subjects. and a more mysterious one. and each time he did so. it promptly shut down again. whereas of the sixteen given non-striving orders. not trying hard at all but just helping the computer do what they wanted it to do. Those who had tried hardest.' Morris then described an experiment he had carried out himself to test a hypothesis that did not seem to have been adequately tested before: that anomalous equipment malfunction could be related to stress on the part of its operator. This time. and the other of those who did not. fourteen scored above it. Morris was testing two hypotheses at once. in which a magnetometer had begun to malfunction but had started up on its own as soon as the repairman arrived to fix it. Half of them were given 'striving' instructions.' said Morris. When the man left the room. 'It started up every time he got close. The other half was told to 'non-strive' by relaxing. There must be normal explanations for such effects of electricity on people and I wish more research could be done into them. Whether these were produced accidentally or on purpose we were not able to establish. He then prepared two sets of written instructions. so Morris ran a second test using twice the number of students. of whom his fellow physicist George Gamow wrote that he only had to walk into a laboratory and 'apparatus would fall. Would the competitive types do better than their easygoing colleagues? Would the kind of instructions each individual was given make a difference? He had shuffled the instruction sheets so that he had no way of knowing if a 'striving' student received one or the other. Of the sixteen students given striving instructions. All subjects were asked to do the same thing: to sit and stare at a computer display unit on which a randomly generated line of dots was moving down the screen. little had ever been done to study the personalities of those who always seem to be having accidents of all kinds for no obvious reason. In his well-documented presentation. labelled 'striving' or 'non-striving'. taking their shoes off. The most famous example was the theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli. When results were added up. and before he had touched it. one consisting of those who enjoyed sports and competition in general. had been the least successful. and shut down every time he went away.

the Leesburg symposium delegates were given a brief course in do-it-yourself metal-bending! Their instructor was the pioneer of what has come to be known as the PK given the non-striving instructions. what happened was that the computer broke down. named Jack Houck. At that time. most people who know Uri well would probably agree that he always is a striver. That is when the spoon bends. with the help of his colleague Severin Dahlen. an experiment designed to test a conceptual model he had devised the previous year. immediate feedback. Nor was he familiar with the research of Kenneth J. He has combined a lighthearted approach to his subject with a serious scientific one. who had been demonstrating since 1964 that PK can be generated to order in small groups. Geller's performance in Tokyo is of particular interest. It may turn out to be that non-strivers are most successful in PK tasks if they have previously been through a period of striving. I basically predicted that if you create a peak emotional event at the current time. but to do it. However. Close observation of his spoon-bending technique. and involved twenty of his friends from all walks of life. and he then relaxes into the non-striving mode. The first one was held in Houck's California home on 19 January 1981. The purpose of a PK party is not to sit around and discuss PK. he had never met Geller. and by way of a surprise bonus. 'We realized we had a natural experiment in front of us. Batcheldor. he noticed that the majority of his computer-crashers had a sceptical attitude towards their task and tended to be 'more inclined to anxiety in performance situations' than their less crash-prone colleagues. According to his model. without any a priori belief in spirits. The first PK party was. he told me in 1985. On this occasion. with his daily routine of punishing physical workouts and his generally exuberant and competitive personality. frequently continuing to do so after it has left his hands. experiments of this kind tend to produce unplanned spin-offs. while strivers will only succeed if they change modes. I hope this approach will be explored further. The result: no statistical difference between the two groups. shows that the same switching-off process applies here. Looked at in the light of this evidence. any ordinary non-mystical person could achieve the kind of state . you would get the phenomena at the current time. the picture on the screen at Tokai University <Tge8. Looking at his subjects' personality questionnaires. Houck worked it all out for himself. and were inclined to be anxious about their performance. an aerospace engineer from the McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. a professional metallurgist. using the traditional Victorian table-tilting procedure. and thus.htm > froze the very moment he stopped striving. 'Our computer system seemed to be crashing in the presence of people who didn't value what they were doing very highly. It might be said that on that occasion he was definitely a striver rather than a non-striver. However. as most people involved with PK research know only too well. Indeed. There is another approach. In those briefings. He begins with a period of intense striving and metal-rubbing. (His work was described in detail in my book If this Be Magic. supported by my own photographic evidence.' said Morris. where I had indicated that I thought all of these mind phenomena worked in a similar way. And it kept on breaking down. or witnessed any of his live performances. He continued: I had selected the PK metal-bending phenomenon simply because people had laughed during several briefings of my conceptual model.' Morris concluded.) From his base in the heart of the high-technology establishment.

2 Make it very intense and focused. or siddhis. who was too busy observing what was going on to be able to obey his own instructions. until the head of a fork being held by a boy (aged fourteen) bent over all by itself. 3 Grab it. This led to an 'instantaneous belief system change' among the others. . Byrd was in fact the first scientist to publish a positive report on Geller's laboratory PK. She herself learned from Eldon Byrd. through your hand. As I found for myself at the two PK parties I attended. and bring it down through your neck. can learn to do it. everybody had bent something. One of these party-givers is New York television executive Diana Gazes. with over 5. who claims that the success rate among first-time metal-benders at her weekly workshops is around eighty per cent. When they appeared. a little normal physical force could be used to bend the spoon. at least in part. while Dahlen read out the simple instructions: 1 Get a point of concentration in your head. Houck recalled: Little did I know that four and a half years later I would have conducted 128 PK parties. The boy had managed to skip the kindergarten stage altogether. with two exceptions: a lady who had remarked beforehand that she could not see the point in bending spoons. Its value is that the bender can feel the spoon becoming pliable and warm. 'Everyone felt pretty silly sitting there holding the silverware. his speciality being the crunching of spoon-bowls as if they were rose petals. This is what Houck calls 'kindergarten' bending. Anyone can conduct a party if they have enough courage to stand up in front of a group. at Cambridge in 1982 and Basle.000 people in attendance at them. This is an experiment in which everybody has to participate. Switzerland. and put it into the silverware at the point you intend to bend it.described by mystics for centuries and experience one of the paranormal powers. 5 Release the command and let it happen. if they allow themselves to have the experience. it is only in a group that the essential state of instant faith and expectancy can be achieved that leads to the manifestation of PK. It is of no scientific value since the bending is done manually. These instructions. These parties provide an environment where everyone can experience psychokinesis. I must emphasize. although much less force is used than would normally be needed. The trainee spoon-benders were told to feel for 'warm-forming' signs that their spoons were beginning to heat up or become sticky. down through your arm. 4 Command it to bend.' Houck told the Leesburg audience. and to achieve identity of mind with physical objects. Looking back on his first PK party. clutching their spoons. you cannot observe and participate at the same time. who in turn learned from Geller. and has become an accomplished bender himself. have to be experienced in a group setting and not merely read in printed form. she reckons. There are now at least 35 people conducting PK parties around the world. As soon as they knew for certain that metal could be bent. with total and uncritical commitment. and Houck himself. As Batcheldor has found. They include the ability to see at a distance. Houck and his guests sat around in a circle. Just about anyone. most of whom had seen it happen. to make contact with other minds. they found their spoons and forks going soft for periods of up to twenty seconds during which they could be twisted around as if they were made of Plasticine. and bent right now. that can be acquired in this state. down through your shoulder. By the end of the party. in 1983. and can bend it into shapes that would be impossible to produce by conventional means.

and a . whether physical.' Byrd replied. of course. sent questionnaires to 800 people who had been to a PK party hosted by Houck and Dahlen. clairvoyance and PK are anomalous no longer.' Metal can't be bent. yet there is one. She received replies from 311 of them. the president of a business publishing company had this to say to her: I had a very surprising evening at your metal-bending seminar. Houck's pupils have been able to make soyabean seeds sprout by applying much the same technique as the one already described for bending spoons. the logical step is to use the same mind . Those who had succeeded found that they were able to use their newly discovered powers to control their environments. Healers. I have experienced them myself while being treated by Matthew Manning. The connection between spoon-bending and world peace may not be obvious. social or political. but you said it could be done easily.After one of her 1985 workshops.or better still a group of like minds . according to writer Elizabeth Fuller. 'People acquainted with these phenomena find they are so common and easily accomplished. in the case of the Batcheldor groups. Byrd remarked that children tend to be best at this kind of thing. Houck and Dahlen. the object being not to bend them but to make them sprout. In 1983. Metal-bending changes all reference to 'It can't be done. who discovered the hypnotic trance state in 1784. who was present when Geller demonstrated his seed-sprouting skill on Japanese television. He first tried this at the suggestion of Eldon Byrd. the Marquis de Puysegur. the implications for healing are fairly obvious. Right?' the girl asked. their health and their futures. whose journal Archaeus has published several technical papers by alter more complex structures. described healing by what was then called animal magnetism as 'the action of thought upon the body's vital principle'. An even higher percentage believed that PK existed even if they had not managed to produce it themselves. at which three-quarters of the guests managed to bend something. levitate a table). His reply to the die-hards who insist it is all trickery is a simple one. they are. 'That's exactly right. It's mind-expanding. put her finger on the crucial feature of the psychological preparation. that cheating is silly. Kennedy University in Orinda. Because nobody's told us we can't do it.' A twelve-year-old girl who attended one of Byrd's parties. There are now many who would argue that the 'anomalous' phenomena of telepathy. indeed. it gives one confidence that so much more can be done. has also found metal-bending to be a fairly simple business once the psychological preparation for it is understood. After she had. If that can be done. and it was done. 'Yeah. Jack Houck has carried out some interesting experiments using seeds instead of cutlery at his parties. should place their hands on patients' bodies 'in order to induce heat there'. California. a graduate student from John F. Once somebody has found that the mind can alter the structure of a spoon (or. Dennis Stillings. They are here to stay and are being put to practical use. Sudden bursts of heat are still a widely reported feature of the hand-healing technique. an expert healer who for a short time in the early 1970s was also a very proficient metal-bender. nearly three-quarters of whom said that they had felt what Houck calls the 'warm-forming effect' after following the instructions mentioned above. In this case. Mesmer's pupil. 'crunched a spoon with one hand like a female Oddjob'. only making something happen that would have happened eventually on its own. to see how possible the impossible is. but if it is possible to use applied PK to speed up a natural process. he said.

his mother and his godmother. though only when she was holding a joker.' she told me. as mentioned in Chapter One. Playing card games when Uri was around became slightly unnerving. were on one of their regular visits to the Tel Aviv coffee-house where they liked to sit on the pavement. whereupon almost at once the watch began to tick again. as he has said so often. Mrs Korn clearly remembers him assuring her that she would hear more about him later on.' Uri.' she recalled. His mother had already become accustomed to them. just as he predicted. More than thirty years later. it was Mrs Korn's turn to stare.' Having a son of her own a few months younger than Uri (her son is now a high-ranking officer in one of the Israeli armed services). 'I don't know how he's going to grow up. like one of its predecessors. When he was four or five. So I sent him out of the room and drew a picture of a dog. and more were soon to follow. One day as she and Mrs Korn were playing cards. Uri admitted that he could.great deal of the credit for this breakthrough is due to Geller. or where we were going.' Uri's hands had not moved. more than twenty years later. watch the world go by. and then I gave Uri the envelope and asked him what was inside it. and asked if he could do it again with another spoon.' Houck told me. and began to stare at it. in complete amazement. At about the same time.' she told me. her immediate reaction was: 'My God. so she took it off her wrist and put it down. she reckoned she knew what was normal child behaviour and what was not. Mrs Korn became aware of her godson's uncanny telepathic ability. and bring each other up to date on the local gossip. 'He told me to draw something. 'by opening up the minds of many to the possibility of psychokinesis. which they did regularly. 16 Close-up Magic There was always something different about Uri.' Mrs Korn told his mother.' (Uri's present dog. as he did on several subsequent occasions in front of his godmother. she decided to put his strange powers to the test.' Which. at first. Wondering how on earth he had done it. she was able to recall for me what happened next as vividly as if it had taken place the previous day. 'He used to say things as if he could see through your soul or your brain. He always seemed to know who was going to win. 'I think Uri Geller has done a tremendous service to the world. 'and said he would tell me what it was. held it in the palms of his outstretched hands. 'He always seemed to know what we were going to do. is what he always intended to do. is named Joker. 'and it started bending. He just held it in his hands and said "You've drawn a dog". 'He just looked at it. I put it in an envelope and sealed it. she noticed that her watch had stopped. it really happened. Neither of them took much notice. Uri promptly picked it up and began to rub the glass with his finger. Before long. Mrs Susan Elisabeth Korn. Mrs Korn reacted as hundreds of others were later to react in similar situations. when Uri picked up a spoon. who was probably the earliest witness outside his immediate family to any of his paranormal demonstrations.) 'You have to watch this boy. seemed to know exactly how. and Mrs Korn suspected that he could see through the backs of the cards in her hand. Uri could and did.' *** . on the other hand. and when she read his book My Story.) One day. (Many years later.

' He remembers Uri teaching him to shoot with an air rifle. Joseph Charles spent the whole of his six years at the college in Uri's class and knew him very well. but Uri calmly led him out of the line of fire to the safety of a doorway. even from the half-way line. I've still got it - . training him on the basketball court. Joseph joined the merchant navy after leaving school and later worked as a courier before starting his own transport firm in the East End of London. When I said I was ready. Uri would get the ball and pause for a bit. But we always felt confident with Uri .Mrs Korn is not the only witness who can testify that Uri was not quite like other boys. He threw the spoon on the table. face upwards. he remembers them collecting stamps and making model aeroplanes together. We'd make sure he wasn't peeping through the keyhole or the window. Donald was terrified.he could make its hands go forwards or backwards without touching anything. every time. We'd never go down there on our own. but he did it many times. very much a leader. As they peered over the parapet. and then it broke without either of us touching it. 'If there was anything to be done. now living in England that I was able to locate without much difficulty in 1985. Cyprus. even when he was looking the other way. in all directions. 'Uri was a very daring fellow. Uri's classroom-break demonstrations of his unusual abilities soon became a regular feature of school life. He was eating his fruit salad with a normal restaurant spoon and it just started to bend. He recalled a memorable visit to Uri in New York in 1974: We went out for a meal. There were many unusual things about Uri. which specializes in the invention of new technologies. they were spotted by a Turkish guard who promptly opened fire on them.' he said. I didn't believe it the first time. That was brilliant. Once. and I think scientists should apply their minds to them instead of arguing about them. and leading regular expeditions around the maze of underground caves near the school. the memories flooded back: There was a circle below the basketball net. he would grab my hand and go over them. In quieter moments. With the minimum of prompting. and he would lead us right to the end and get us back out again. and we thought we were pretty good if we could score from the edge of it. and thought it was just a coincidence. He is one of two ex-pupils of Terra Santa College in Nicosia. and find the exact card. this is the problem I get even when I'm eating.he would always be our leader. Then he'd come back in and draw exactly what I'd drawn. he remembers him very well. Those caves. and tell me to think of one. Although he was two years junior to Uri. Joseph. Donald Wood is a successful entrepreneur whose interests range from electronics engineering and computer software to property development and his own think-tank. Then he had this watch . the two of them climbed to the top of the tallest building in Nicosia close to the 'green line' that divided the Greek and Turkish sections of the city. long distance and get it into the net every time. 'You see. and it went on bending on its own. He'd throw a pack of cards on the floor.' he told me. He did that several times. and always got it right. both on and off the basketball court: He would tell me to do a drawing and fold the paper while he was out of the room. without touching it.there were sixty or seventy of them running for miles. he could do it very well. and were talking about the old times. then he would throw it with one hand and get it in. and they were pitch dark. deep down. His most vivid memory is of Uri's skill on the basketball court: He used to throw the ball from a long. a task none of the other boys was willing to undertake. for instance . I have no doubt that his psychic powers are real.

. One corner of it was weighted flat with a ship's compass which. noticing as I did so that the fat compass needle did not move at all when I gave the concrete floor a good thump a few inches from it. I home. Look. and when. and if he had claimed to have psychic powers I would have found it difficult not to believe him. I noticed. I have already established that Uri's unusual abilities were well witnessed long before he met Shipi and Hanna Shtrang.' said Uri casually. that anybody could fool so many people for so long and so often? In theory. I have been totally fooled myself on several occasions. I also gave him a very short and thick key to bend. or think we see him do. powers. I knew. 'I use it to get in the right mood. 'You try it. Neither I nor anybody else can prove Geller to be genuine (or false. and I did not. We have to approach the question from several different directions. I arrived to find Uri lying flat on the floor beside a large-scale map of an area he visited later in 1985 to look for minerals. He did things with a single piece of torn newspaper that were as impressive as anything Geller has ever done on a stage. but I couldn't straighten it out again. which he did. This is simply because.there being no other way they can figure out how it is done. tensing the muscles in my hand and wrist as hard as I could without making any impression at all on the needle. This increases the probability that his abilities are genuine. 'What's that for?' I asked. Uri clenched his fist lightly and waved it in the air a good six inches above the compass. Magicians frequently fool each other as well as the public. quite slowly. In this high-strangeness area.' I sat on the floor beside him. I will now give an account of some of the others. though it does not constitute proof. the needle began to rock to and fro. it is. I described the first of several intriguing incidents that I was to witness over the following months in Uri's London apartment. there are dozens of accounts of incidents like these. I could only see what he wanted me to see. Sometimes they pay a lot of money for the secret of a new trick . beginning with some examples of what may have been his normal.both parts . which I described in my book This House is Haunted (1980). This will only be achieved when a sufficient number of ordinary people have found they too can bend things or receive telepathic information. both from people who have known him well for many years and from those who only met him once. I have still not worked out what he did with it. like any skilled magician. In my Introduction. Muscles do generate tiny magnetic fields. I soon began to wonder. for that matter) solely on the basis of what we see him do. 'Oh. Immediately. and that almost everything he has ever claimed to do has been done by numerous other people. I'm fairly strong. it's a kind of good-luck thing. in approximate order of strangeness.' he said. The piece of paper seemed to move around the room on its own while I was standing right beside him. Uri a fake? Nothing of the kind! For every report that Geller is a fake psychic. proof has to be reached on an individual basis. was not orientated in the same direction as the map. rather than his paranormal. I'll show you. but I could not manage to affect the compass with mine. The late Milbourne Christopher put on a spectacular display of close-up sleight-of-hand when I took him along to visit the site of the Enfield poltergeist. One day. Christopher knew exactly what he was going to do. Is it possible.

debunked by Uri himself.' I and many others had assumed Uri to be stronger than most. His own ship's compass was a highprecision model. 'I'm not strong in this arm at all. Some time after this. He believes it originates from the centre of the .' he said. even if he had. I brought along my own pocket compass.Satisfied with the feedback he was getting from the compass.' I said. In November 1985. as indeed it did.' he said.' He knelt on the concrete floor. for when its needle shook. resting both hands on the carpet. if.' He showed me the large scar where he had been operated on after being wounded in the Six Day War. Uri himself insists that the power involved is not a magnetic one. that he had personally fished out of the rock-crusher and separator that had been placed on one of the spots he had selected. the needle would shake up and down in response to the pulse rate of the field. These were the spots over which he had felt reactions in the palm of his hand of the kind he has already described. caused by his unusually powerful hand and wrist muscles. 'Anyway. even if it can produce results similar to those of a normal magnetic field. you're wrong. on which he had already drawn several circles in pencil. It was close to his left elbow joint. 'Muscles do create small magnetic fields. 'It moved a little. There went that myth. I can do it with no hands at all. He tried again. Mine had cost me about one pound and its needle was balanced on a small spring. then brought his head sharply towards the compass as if he were a dog about to bite it. rather disdainfully. Uri put it aside and ran the flat of his hand over the map. and you're fairly muscular. Later. The same thing would happen if it were physically disturbed by knocking the table beside it. however: when a magnetic field was applied to it. It had one advantage over his expensive model. Uri's needle-moving routine was a purely magnetic one. without wobbling. 'Yes. which is of interest in itself if true. 'I'm not asking you to do it.' It had not. he showed me a tiny strip of gold.I can't clench my left fist completely and I can't stretch out my left arm fully.about the same distance as when Uri had zapped it with his head-power. concentrated hard for a few moments. 'I just want to see how you go about it. Therefore. its needle suspended in oil. 'This is what I do. either. the needle would have wobbled up and down and not moved sideways as I had seen it do. How it could turn itself on or off to order is quite beyond my understanding. I could more or less repeat the effect with my small nine-volt magnetic pulse generator.' 'I never tried with a cheap one. bringing its probe to within four or five inches of the compass . not with my hands. letting out a sharp grunt as he did so. it made a clearly audible sound.' I said. and asked Uri to show me how he made needles move. From where I was watching.' I said.' he replied. my cheap little instrument would register the effect better than his. 'I can't even lift a heavy suitcase with it.' he added. So it may be that there is some human magnetic field involved in his case. 'It could be a magnetic effect. I could see that he did not touch the table. I watched the needle from a distance of a few inches. but I felt that some false feedback would encourage him. 'Look .' 'No. about a centimetre in length. and one or two in coloured ink. Watch. and this time the needle swung quite slowly through at least fifteen degrees. and the stitch marks were easily visible. I tried to do what he had done with much effort and no success at all. He clenched both his fists and brought them to within six inches of the compass. moving his head towards it at the same time. Anyway. I do it with my mind. as I originally suspected.

for all I knew.) I was thanked for my help. However.' I said. since my thoughts had been very muddled. where much of the work on this book was carried out. He can also make the same motion and not cause it to move. As Uri has pointed out. I closed my eyes and immediately saw the letter R. and gave him a generous clue. which would seem to rule out the 'hidden magnet' in his hair. but had misinterpreted it. Uri telephoned me to ask if I could contact somebody in one of the security or intelligence services. he had met a man whom he felt to be up to something illegal. As I opened my eyes. neck or mouth theory. not wishing him to think I was putting his powers to the test . which he had asked me to think of and which I had failed to do properly. 'There's a connection with you. muddy (not blue) River Danube. I decided that I had messed up the experiment. Our next spontaneous experiment arose at my suggestion and not his. and was about to suggest we try another when Uri handed me my notebook.' Uri said suddenly. The first of many informal experiments in telepathy between Uri and me took place at his kitchen table. I said nothing. in which he had been scribbling. 'Now. All I can say is that Uri can unquestionably make a compass needle move by bringing his head close to it. This was the name Freud. I decided. where we had all stopped on our way home. for which I could hardly blame him. Vienna'.' he said. He had drawn two parallel wavy lines across the page. with several parallel lines running through it.' What he had done fitted a well-established pattern noticed by almost everybody who has ever done experiments of this kind: he had reproduced the shape of what I had been visualizing very accurately. (He was subsequently sent to prison. To shorten a long story of which I cannot give any details at present. and he wanted it to be on record that he had no connection with the business involved. Later in the evening I produced it without warning and held it up again. and are linked by the winding. so I put the card away. in cases of this kind you never are told any more. We were talking about the transmission of simple drawings or single words. which could be said to resemble an aerial view of a river. Or he might have visited Freud's house. I was putting them to the test. That. I leaned forward and read the words 'Freud. Uri scribbled on a newspaper and passed it to me. 'Think of a letter of the alphabet. The two cities are only forty miles apart. which I had visited in 1983. Another example of what could have been either normal or paranormal ability took place in the summer of 1985. he had written R and crossed it out. I thought of Bratislava in Czechoslovakia. I did what he asked. and in due course I was telephoned and told that the man in question had been arrested and charged with a serious offence. Uri looked at the picture intently. One day. but in my own way: by letting them . but said nothing. and one evening I took it along with me to show him. Above it. site of the pineal gland or 'third eye' long believed to be associated with mysterious human powers. Then I remembered that the meal had not been in Bratislava but in Vienna.' said Uri. At the bottom of the page he had written the letter Q and circled it. scribbling something on a piece of paper. I had received a postcard showing a very dull-looking hallway in Sigmund Freud's house in Vienna. 'All I'm getting is an old man with a beard. underneath he had written 'Wall? China. think of a city. I recalled a delightful evening at a pavement restaurant that I had spent with friends from the conference I had attended. I visualized the grim features of Freud as hard as I could. could as well have been guesswork as telepathy. but told no more. the image of which popped uninvited into my mind. his mother's maiden name.forehead. I was also interested to see that he had not mentioned or written the name of a city.he had already given me his views on scientific experiments. I had neither written nor said anything at all. I held it up several feet away. now in a very dim light and still several feet away from him.

but he had met me. but added some straight lines very similar to mine at the top of his face. you're doing it wrong. It could be said that Uri had remembered my earlier mention of my friend's father's bank number. I thought of asking if he could read my bank account number instead. Even so. The number 8. I managed to spring it on Uri without warning.' said Uri to me. plus the fact that I had just been to my bank. and could reel off the names of at least twenty of them on demand. I decided the cap was too complicated to draw so I left it out. but Swiss bankers are Swiss bankers and would not let her have it without the number. carried out several months later. Underneath. exactly like mine. he had drawn a face with thick and straight lines for the eyebrows and nose. 'I just got a flash while I was washing. there was an incident of a slightly different order. Then Uri came in. 'What are you drawing?' he asked. In less than a minute. holding the pad parallel with my chest as before. On my way to his apartment building. She was hard up and needed the money she knew to be there. I wrote down SAS. He omitted the beard. also involved a man with a beard. 'You tell me. Daniel was the other side of the large dining table. and visualized it as well as I could. I had asked him if he could discover the number of a Swiss bank account belonging to the father of a friend of mine.' he said as I showed him my drawing. and the number 88. but before I said anything about my thought of the night-cap.' he said. 'SAS. He was taking a shower when I arrived. So was the demonstration of instant telepathy by Uri's lively son Daniel. and come out with a lucky guess. This was rather uncanny. Uri said he did not think that was something he could do and I said no more about it. 'Which airline would you like me to give you for your birthday?' he asked. Again.manifest themselves naturally and spontaneously. Daniel got it wrong with his first two guesses. I telephoned Uri in the morning and said I would come and see him in mid-afternoon. rubbing his hair with a towel.' I suggested.' Uri explained. Do you want me to see if I can read your account number?' I was just about to ask precisely that. He had never met my friend. 'No. At the same time. 'Guy's bank account. 'You have to make it very direct. who had died without telling it to her. While he was making a long telephone call. when I had been to my bank. which might make a difference. Uri noticed that I was up to something.' He turned to Daniel. incidentally. I was about to add Santa's traditional nightcap when Uri rang off. he had already flown with several different airlines. At least a week previously.' he replied at once. By the age of four and a half. as was the fact that each of our drawings was precisely twenty-seven millimetres in height. the precise timing was impressive. when I had shown him what I had written. I drew what was meant to be a portrait of Father Christmas on my pad. On 5 August 1985. 'Look.' . so Hanna brought me a coffee and some biscuits and left me in the living-room for a few minutes. The best of my informal experiments of this kind. 'You have to put it in a way he can understand. the line I was due to use a week later. he had written: 'Hat on head. is not in either of my two account numbers. Uri told me to write down the name of an airline and ask Daniel to guess it. though the last two digits of my bank code number are 86.' 'I just thought of a hat.

dated 1 May 1985 and referring to a more recent claim. Shipi was between us. I was unable to suggest any possible normal means by which it could have travelled three or four feet on its own.50 P. They searched the room. and I am still unable to provide any normal explanation for any of them. had been on the shelf beside the basin the last time we had seen it. One of them remains in my mind as the nearest I have yet come to witnessing an anomalous event in perfect conditions.. Uri mentioned that he had found a pen in his bathroom that he could not remember buying. 'That was something. and even turned out all the rubbish sacks. 'Are you all right?' I asked.' said Shipi. This was about three months after the ring had been lost. Maurice wrote to his insurance company to put in a claim for compensation. which I had been the last person to use. Finally. opened the door of the toilet and switched the light on. She had taken it off one night and left it in the usual place on her dressing-table. without much interest. Finally. repeatedly. I noticed an odd expression on Uri's face. as it unmistakably had. It was some time before he said anything. having failed to find anything to write on within reach. I will describe them in order of strangeness. we all agreed. and reluctantly. He posted the letter on a Friday. and drop it again when I had returned to the chair in which I had been sitting. Uri and I were sitting at the small table in the kitchen having a snack. He was staring at the table in front of him with his eyes bulging out of their sockets. or perhaps a worm crawling out of the packet of crisp-bread in front of his plate. None of these incidents struck me as a perfect example of the kind of mind-reading for which Geller is famous. and the next morning it was not there. The hairbrush. It was a cover note from an insurance company.M. as if he had just seen a ghost. They took everything out of all the drawers in the dressing-table and combed every inch of the bedroom. Several years previously. which involved my colleague Maurice Grosse. and long after the Enfield poltergeist case which he and I investigated in 1977 and 1978. Shipi was making a shopping-list on an old paper bag he had fished out of the kitchen waste bin. announcing the enclosure of a cheque in . he picked up a folded sheet of paper and handed it to me. On 20 August 1985. I was sitting in the living-room and talking about nothing in particular with Uri and Shipi when we all heard what I can only describe as a quiet thud coming from the adjoining toilet. There were three others. however. but no ring appeared. I mention them merely to illustrate the sort of thing that seems to happen more often in the Geller household than elsewhere in my experience. and indeed the entire house. Maurice's wife had mislaid a treasured ring. in which unfamiliar objects had simply turned up without explanation. He just sat and stared at the table. On 17 October 1985 at about 6. A plastic hairbrush was lying in the middle of the room.I suspect we shall be hearing more from Daniel Geller in due course. and Hanna was standing at the worktop preparing some cooking. I embarked upon a long account of one of the most intriguing cases of this kind that I knew of. which was about eight feet by six. and this led me to describe various instances of 'apports' in my experience. As I was saying the words 'he wrote to the insurance company'. that gave me a good deal to think about. He did so. I asked Uri to stay there. and the sound was identical. We all got up. There had definitely not been anything on the tiled floor when I had left it a few minutes earlier. close the door. While I was telling this story. and on Saturday morning both he and his wife were baffled to find that the ring had appeared in its usual place on the dressing-table.

Moreover. though. and then it fell to the thickly carpeted floor. I just sat there and waited for him to finish reading the draft. had been to visit Uri about a week previously. I was certainly not in any kind of altered state of consciousness. whose home address was written beneath his name. directly in my line of vision at a height of about eight feet from the floor and two feet below the ceiling. and had not made any movement towards the table. I looked down and there it was. Uri was sitting motionless on his exercise bicycle. He had definitely not thrown it. 'It was between the plate and this packet of biscuits. I could be sure. he never did. but could not be sure. Eventually I managed to get a coherent account from Uri. He told me later that he had definitely not been into the kitchen. He agreed it was possible that the piece of paper had been in his briefcase at the time. and I had to take his word for it. making only the softest of sounds. if he was inclined to play practical jokes. reading a draft of one of the chapters of this book. It seemed to hover there for an instant. but at an angle of seventy-five degrees as measured from the floor. This was one of those frustrating incidents that do not lend themselves to thorough investigation. Uri insisted that the piece of paper had simply appeared in front of him. I had drunk nothing all day apart from coffee and water. As the incident to be described next had already taken place just over a month earlier.payment for the policy belonging to Mr M.' he said. I was more certain that Uri had been sitting back in his chair while I was telling the story. There was the object. with the back of my chair at about forty-five degrees to the window. Maurice. The object appeared. was fairly cluttered with packets. I thought it likely that he would have tried something similar again. I said nothing. which meant that I was looking along the room towards the hallway and front door and Uri was well within the limits of my right visual field.' The kitchen table. which looked like a small shaving mirror. and part of it was underneath the packet. as usual. whatever he was engaged in doing. as is my habit when I have to take a short break during working hours. I thought to myself: did I see what I think I just saw? I decided I did. I had not been sitting in silence long enough to fall into a state of reverie. looking in front of me and thinking of nothing at all. It did not fall straight down. holding it in front of his face and concentrating all his attention on it as I had noticed he tended to do. The incident I shall always think of as The Big One took place on 18 July 1985. I was sitting about four feet from him. but he had no reason to take it out. and at least nine or ten feet from Uri. Uri seemed not to have noticed it. It also fell slightly towards us. Even assuming that he was playing an elaborate practical joke on me. He went on reading the draft. So it could not have fallen straight down. and bright light filled the living-room. I thought I would have noticed the paper when I came in. It was a quarterpast three in the afternoon of a cloudless summer day. in mid-air. I could not understand how he persuaded me to embark upon a story concerning an insurance policy belonging to Maurice Grosse. jam pots and plates. He had not moved a muscle for several minutes. 'When you said "insurance". Grosse. lying on the floor just under the edge of the coffee table. It landed about five feet from me. . I had to admit that sudden materializations of things in Uri's apartment were not only possible but also reasonably probable. I knew. but although I visited him three or four times a week throughout several months in 1985.

'There was no trickery involved. . and weighed forty-eight grams. followed by another of the bar's decorations.' I said. While the landlord was describing all this action and excitement. A bundle of five-pound notes went missing from the till and turned up in the bedroom.' Barry Leighton wrote in his story (3 January 1980). There were two very solid walls in between it and the spot where I had seen the mirror appear. whereby things fall off walls or shelves at the precise moment when somebody makes a remark. I found that it measured two-and-a-half by three-and-a-half inches. opening two doors to get there. Uri. and he showed me the travelling toilet case where the mirror was normally kept.' I said. . where a number of odd incidents had been reported. It has been frequently reported. In 1980. and I was holding forth on my theories of how ghosts tended to do things in a certain order. Sussex. 'What's that?' He looked up and saw where I was pointing. The timing could not have been more precise. 'Oh. including some of my own. as listeners were able to hear for . I kept quiet for long enough to satisfy myself that Uri was not going to say anything about this unexpected apport. 'with either knocks . We were on our own in an upstairs room. Drop it again and see what sound it makes. 'It wasn't the children. That had been about three months previously. who in turn narrowly avoided being struck by a flying frying pan. 'It's annoying-sometimes. with Hanna and Shipi. there was an almighty thump on the floor a few feet from us.' The pistol immediately did so.' In my book The Haunted Pub Guide (1985) I described the 'Was It Something I Said?' Effect. 'It's the first time this has happened since that silver coin turned up in the kitchen. It made a much louder sound and did not land anywhere near the table. and so on.' I managed to unnerve a BBC radio reporter myself while recording an interview late one night in the highly haunted Seven Stars pub in Robertsbridge. 'You always start. 'Excuse me. 'especially when an ornament crashes to the floor without warning. It was unnerving.' 'They're out in the park.and in any case the falling angle was wrong.' said the landlord.' Before I could add 'or loud banging noises'. reporter Barry Leighton and photographer Bob Naylor of the Wiltshire local newspaper the Evening Advertiser were visiting the supposedly haunted Crown pub in Pewsey. and there is good first-hand testimony for it. (Later. What's it doing there? Perhaps the children .' 'That's funny. We went to the main bathroom. for example. though nothing like as much as he was after the discovery of the piece of paper described above. for reasons known only to them. It fell as if it had come from a good distance in a wide arc. . . 'I didn't hear anything. from about the height where I had first seen it. that's my shaving mirror. Then it doesn't happen for maybe half a year.) Uri was mildly intrigued by the incident.' I did so. The landlord's daughter had been clouted on the nose by a mustard pot that had taken off from its rack in full view of both her and her mother. like when the writer from Esquire magazine came to see me in New York. It just dropped from the ceiling. usually a disparaging one. about the traditional ghost of the establishment. laid out like a pack of cards. 'It happened in front of our eyes.' he commented.' I began. 'Sometimes it happens five or six times in one day.' he said. Then I cleared my throat. He seemed to accept the fact that this kind of thing happens now and then. Bob Naylor was taking a picture of an antique pistol hanging on the wall.

' I said. It was the same one that had materialized in front of my eyes the previous July.' He gave me several examples of all three categories that he had witnessed. Going through my notes later. 'That's where the Son of Sam lived. Uri was seated on his exercise bicycle in front of me. He was reading the page numbered 7/4 (page four of an early draft of Chapter Seven. Uri went back towards the living-room. been Something I Said? Six months later. neither Geller nor I had said anything at all for several minutes. or they can just appear in place without any sign of how they got there. The box had been there when I came out of the bathroom. I found this somewhat far-fetched. however. and the programme's producer.' I said. Had it. and the shaving mirror itself was cracked on one side. The mirror would. All seemed to be in order. I have not been able to see this piece of film.' I added. There was a large scratch on one of the strips of plastic that covered the mirror-wall. but we found the shaving mirror on top of a box beside the mirror-wall in the dining area.' he told me. 'They happen in three ways. During one of the many videotapes and films shot while Uri was at Stanford. and noted that seven plus four is eleven his 'magic' number. after all. 'Hope I do one day. 'Sometimes they shoot across the room as if they'd been thrown. If it had. The bottle had not. Neither of us had seen anything move. in the same month. there was a loud noise behind me. I had witnessed several examples of the first two during some of the cases of the poltergeist type that I had investigated. I am sure. nor had he or any of the others done anything that could have caused it. there was a more direct connection between something I .themselves in the Colour Supplement programme on 13 October 1985. assured me that he had not heard the noise. but I have been assured by somebody who has that the watch appears complete from one frame to the next. although I had to admit that Uri's magic number certainly seems to produce results. and I followed. On another occasion. There was another possible connection. I was last out of the bathroom and shut the door behind me. who was downstairs at the time having a quiet cup of coffee with the landlord and his wife. Immediately prior to the mirror-materialization episode. As I shut the door of the corridor. A large plastic bottle of bath foam was lying on the floor beside a cardboard box opposite the bathroom door. On 18 January 1986 I was kneeling on the floor looking at some of the maps Uri had used while working on the Bronfman kidnap case. who had witnessed a good many of them since he and Uri first met in 1972. We went into the bathroom to see if anything else was missing from the shelf beside the basin. This was about a week after he had won both the raffle prizes at Clement Freud's party with tickets numbered 111 and 121. or they can drop from just above your head. I was to ask myself the same question. I reckoned I had good evidence on tape for the 'Was It Something I Said?' Effect. As I spoke the word 'Sam'. referring to the third category. I wondered if what he had been reading might have been responsible. but this did not seem possible. there was a very loud thud almost under my feet. a very similar incident took place in which a watch is said to have materialized in mid-air and fallen in front of the camera. now Chapter Eight) in which he mentioned his work at SRI International. I would have trodden on it. My trusted fellow ghosthunter Andrew Green. I put my finger on the Yonkers district. 'I've never seen anything like that. I found that three days before this incident I had been discussing such phenomena with Byron Janis. The map of New York City reminded me of another of his early cases. have done the same had I been able to film it.

there is no difficulty at all. who was making a telephone call. and discovered two small golden objects that looked like marblesized ball-bearings. 'The last time I saw them they were in his factory . faulty observation. where she had used it that morning. There is no known natural force that could account for it. I showed him the three ball-bearings. and an Israeli house guest later assured me that it was hers. He looked at them for a moment. One way and another. and lies. I noticed that something I wrote could have the same effect as something I said. .in Israel. there was a very loud noise beside my feet. We were sitting in the kitchen. All so-called psychic phenomena can be ascribed to one of three well-known factors: coincidence. where beside my feet I found a toothbrush that had apparently travelled there on its own. She had known Uri for a long time. they say. Uri came out of the bedroom saying that 'something' had just shot past him. we know enough about the human brain to say that any kind of 'mind over matter' outside the body is nonsense. we would have been able to measure it by now. leaving me alone in the living-room with Shipi. and after handing it back to me he went into his bedroom. There are no such things as 'psychic powers'. and I wondered what would happen this time. on 15 February 1986. neither he nor I could find it. but how are we going to find out which? For some. to be sure. but there is no need to dream up words like telepathy and clairvoyance to account for them. 'They're part of one of Meir's devices. and was not particularly surprised. I had shown Uri what I hoped was the final draft of this chapter and asked for his comments. the remaining two had still not been found.' He immediately telephoned Meir and asked him to open the safe where the bearings were kept and count them. except 'Okay'. While I was searching the floor. there was one of those now familiar noises. Whatever it was. While the call was going on. If there were.) 'Where do they come from?' I asked. People certainly have hunches and intuitions. There should have been one hundred of them. It was still damp.said and an unusual incident. Meir called back soon afterwards to say that there were six missing. Several months later. I remembered that the last time I had mentioned them the insurance form had appeared on the table. and I was describing some of Maurice Grosse's many experiences of objects moving around in mysterious ways. despite all the denunciations and allegations? Surely he must be one or the other. (Shortly afterwards I discovered a fourth on the floor. What did happen was a sound that caused me to look under the table. Any kind of action at a distance or exchange of information beyond the limits of our known senses is impossible. Once again. and that she had last seen it in the bathroom. with Uri still in the bedroom. At the same time. As for psychokinesis. 17 Whatever It Is Who is the real Uri Geller? Is he a complete fraud. and another of the ball-bearings appeared on the carpet about a foot from where I was standing. so anybody claiming to practice them must be phoney.' he replied. I investigated it at once. I became convinced of something that many had learned before me: inexplicable things do happen in the presence of Uri Geller. a very clever magician who has fooled much of the world into hailing him as the greatest psychic of all time? Or is he the greatest psychic of all time. He had none.

He's a magician all right . So. On the other hand. this is probably how the prosecution would summarize its claims. when I managed to concentrate the minds of my colleagues on the case in question. and they have neither of these to report. most of it) can be replicated by conjurors. .If you take this view. as many do. but did not say so in the jury room in front of the five non-white members. Had he not demonstrated them over and over again in the laboratory just as convincingly as on the stage or in the television studio? The prosecution would have none of this. Uri Geller went on trial in 1970. for two reasons: everything he does (well. One juror assured me privately that 'they're all a bunch of crooks'. as did the case for the defence. We rumbled him the minute he set foot on the stage. So the arguments would go takes one to spot one. instead of performing to large audiences he performs to single individuals. the accused was found not guilty. . Nowadays. and pointed out that we were supposed to reach a verdict solely on the evidence. then Geller must be a magician. and everybody would go home still believing what they had always believed. who were obviously hoping for a conviction although they had somehow managed to 'lose' the only piece of evidence that would have settled the matter. They have pointed out correctly that science is not about what people believe. By the end of the case the jury would be too confused to reach a unanimous verdict. The defence would object. We all had our own views about crime in general. Even the scientists who have studied him most closely. he's one of us. They are not trained to deal with professional deceivers. we let him off. Both were argued eloquently and at great length. and he has perfected it in fifteen years of constant repetition. say the magicians. He turned it down. each of whom might well have had some fellow-feeling for the defendant (as might I also. but not all of us. waving handfuls of papers and protesting that numerous eminent scientists had shown that the accused had unusual powers. but about repeatable experiments and explanatory theories. and we spotted him right at the start. and he has never left it. The prosecution has claimed that he must be a magician. I am proud to say that it was probably due to my vigorous arguments with my fellow jurors. we all had to agree that the prosecution case just was not good enough to send a man to prison. and our verdict is now on the record. Choosing which of them to believe was not easy for some of us. even in a court. and the way it should be dealt with. But. It is very difficult to prove anything nowadays. have not come out and endorsed his powers unconditionally. with one or two exceptions. hearsay and testimony from the police. much to my relief. As for all those deluded businessmen who have paid Geller millions to find gold. and went on to fool most of the people most of the time. On both occasions. and some of these were quite extreme. I have sat on a jury myself and taken part in two cases. He has a great act. they would be better off hanging their maps on the wall and throwing darts at them . when he was first publicly denounced. If Geller's 'powers' were ever to be the subject of a court case. In one case. and there are no such things as psychic powers in the first place. However. one of which went on for several days. He began in show business. The case for the prosecution sounded quite reasonable. who should know better than to take him for what he claims to be. We gave him the chance to confess and to be welcomed into our secret brotherhood. millions of people all over the world have no doubt at all that Uri is a genuine . The defendant was an Asian immigrant. Scientists are the easiest of people to deceive. in which I pointed out that the prosecution case was all based on assumptions. which complicated matters. and the case continues. having been born in India).

watch for the misdirections and the rapid hand movements they think he must be using. yet we had reached very different conclusions about him. However. The other is that magicians are professional deceivers. who think they know how he does his tricks.psychic. like me. two points must be considered. The same is true of the evidence from the scientists. Many have already reached their own verdicts. whose positive findings far outnumber their negative ones. We had both been looking at the same person. Magicians. That is exactly how I felt when I began to work on this book. It should also be remembered that these four observed him rather more carefully than the majority of his detractors have ever done. to which I replied that in my opinion he just looked terrified. And they see them! At least. but most of them are quite sure that something very odd went on while Uri was in their laboratories. Let me return to my court case for a moment. with Geller. I will address myself only to those who. He did not say much when he was spoken to. The fact that I already had plenty of experience of other people's psychic powers made me all the more anxious to arrive at the right verdict. On the whole. the evidence from the magicians is inconclusive. They may not have come up with final proof of any kind. spoons and forks have twisted out of shape for no obvious reason. They may since have banished it from their conscious minds. answering questions quietly and politely and often looking very bewildered. Like Uri. I had no wish to acquire a fake. so I will say nothing to those whose minds are made up except that the evidence on which they base their opinions may not be as good as it seems. and messages have been received from some distant television studio or newspaper office. The Amazing Randi was taken for a ride with no difficulty at all by the non-magician Dennis Stillings. Little that I say will make any difference either. From now on. after being beamed out without the help of any known form of radio or electronics. The reason why neither has yet been accepted to everybody's satisfaction is very simple: there are too many vested interests and preconceptions involved on both sides. Strange things have happened in their own homes just as he has predicted: clocks and watches have started ticking. As for the evidence from the general public. Zorka. although it is hard to imagine what could have motivated magicians such as Dickson. right from the start. Is it possible to fool so many people for so long? And can we dismiss the testimony of Uri's closest friends. are genuinely mystified by Uri Geller and are equally prepared to believe that he is genuine or that he is not. If you are suspicious about somebody. each of whom can reel off a list of very odd things that they have seen happen in his presence? The case for Geller is just as reasonable as the case against him. who proved his point by doing it again at once. and they assure us that they did. they think they do. 'Wouldn't you be?' I asked. So it has been. 'You can see he's got something to hide. One is that magicians can be deceived just like anybody else. There are millions of people all over the world who may not understand what psychic power is. I spent a good deal of time during the trial watching the defendant. Cox and Leslie to come out in favour of Geller other than a simple desire to speak the truth. yet they have experienced it for themselves. Like any collector. and may not even be very interested in it. this is overwhelmingly in his favour. but weighted strongly in Geller's favour. but for a brief moment they have known that there is more to human nature than finds its way into science magazines and textbooks. . and are the most suspect of witnesses. anything he says or does is going to look suspicious. they have lived a little of the mystery.' my anti-Asian fellow juror muttered one morning during the lunch break. and nothing said by either side is going to make them change their minds. who was only a few feet from me.

improbable as it may seem. to others he is the Houdini of his time. Like Houdini. To some he is the second Home. To list all the cases would be a very tedious task. yet he has combined something of what would seem to be two incompatible careers: demonstrator of psychic phenomena and purveyor of entertainment to the masses. as both Uri and I have shown. 'like a hypnotized mouse'. For example. and was guarded around the clock by 'a team of frightening gorillas'. yet such was his skill at escaping from handcuffs. Ironically. and readily allowed me to dig through his vast files of anti-Geller material. but I for one am not prepared to assert that they are wrong. he has produced so many apparently genuine psychic phenomena for so long that to some he must be a magician. To give just one of many possible examples: Brendan O'Regan wrote in the New Scientist (20 November 1974) that the feature on Geller published in the 17 October issue of the magazine contained no less than forty-two erroneous statements. and if we accept some of his findings why should we reject others? We may complain that some of his theories about Uri only added a further complication to a subject that was quite complex enough already. it was Houdini and not Home who was accused of fraud. that some suspected him of having psychic powers. some of those who accept his powers without question find Puharich's extraterrestrial-control theory too much to swallow. strait-jackets and jails. Among its sensational revelations: the 'Israeli comedian of the past' was now living in a state of terror. he has mystified audiences large and small so consistently that others . Nor have I spat it out. and a hundred years after his death his reputation remains intact. producing most of the standard phenomena of the seance room from table-turning and materialisation of 'spirit' forms to the levitation of himself. for. His act may be unlike either of theirs.There have been too many snap judgments both in favour of Geller and against him. I will now try to scrape off both the mud and the whitewash and reach my own conclusions about Uri Geller. and he had to fight a court case in 1902 to clear his name as an 'honest' deceiver of the public. however. It cannot be disputed that he has had an impact upon his time such as we have not seen since the days of the Victorian medium Daniel Home (1833-86) and the escapologist Houdini (1874-1926). It is much easier. I saw nothing more frightening than the children's collection of toy monsters. Houdini spent much of his life crusading against Spiritualist mediums and imitating their performances on stage. having been placed on an unnamed person's hit-list. After visiting his home several times a week for more than six months. of which I am sure he has more than anybody else. subtitled 'The Crook from Outer Space'. Like Home. it cannot be ruled out. which are as discreet as they are effective. and there is reason to believe that he seriously considered this himself. both of whom became household names. and some of the more extreme examples of each strain belief. Home baffled and astonished London society and several European royal families for more than twenty years. what can we expect from the popular press? In September 1985 I was interested to read in an Israeli magazine called Bul (issue dated 13 September 1986!) that yet another anti-Geller opus was on the way. and I have not yet managed to swallow it myself. and it was some time before I became aware of his security arrangements. seventeen of them 'blatant errors of fact' and the rest either 'unsupportable innuendo or gross misrepresentation'. Uri translated this extraordinary article for me with surprising good humour. Puharich has an impressive track record in many areas of scientific research. to debunk some of the misleading material that has been published about him. Geller has made a reputation that can be seen in two ways depending on your point of view. If science magazines cannot get their facts straight. though for very different reasons.

Once this resistance is allowed to build up. Douglas Dean and John Mihalasky. and by the time this was published in 1974 they had statistical evidence to show that successful company presidents scored better at computerized number-guessing tests than less successful ones. He has told us here all he can about how he bends his spoons. as any hypnotist knows. who are interested in how psychic phenomena occur spontaneously rather than in how they would like them to occur in their carefully controlled experiments. So it seems that he grew up accepting that this kind of thing was quite possible. For the use of psychic power is far from easy to explain. a publisher. and he has literally struck gold. the magazine Psychic published interviews with nine American business leaders who described numerous instances in which they had made their own mind-power work for them. He is the first Geller. to be most useful. three members of the Industrial and Management Engineering Department of Newark College of Engineering in New Jersey began to look more closely into this matter. Their results. which is usually around the age of eight. a management consultant. can we expect somebody who earns a living by claiming to use them to be any more precise. Curiously. let us take the incident in which a spoon he was using during a meal when he was about four years old bent and broke in front of his eyes. the owner of a steel company. Who do you have to be. if there are such things. and by any standards he is an original. Geller is in fact considerably more articulate than many concerning his own powers and the way he uses them. in order to become a Uri Geller? There are some clues to be found in his life story that may be worth examining for a moment. There is plenty of evidence that people have risen to the top of many professions by making use of what they would call 'hunches'. receives and sends his telepathic messages. It is well known that children do not develop a sense of logic and critical ability until both hemispheres of their brains are fully formed. seen it . Before then. but unfortunately most people who follow his instructions as given here will find that they cannot do the same. a former director of Phillips Petroleum. they are very highly suggestible and will accept whatever comes along as part of their view of reality. 'I believe in ESP for one reason because I use it. some of whom he has named. 'I do not know any psychics. then. He has put his talents to work in those areas where we would expect psychic powers. 'gut feelings' or simply 'intuition'. He has extended his fields of operation far beyond the stage. She has also confirmed to me that Uri was able to read her mind from a very early age. who has assured me that it happened just as he described it.believe he must have genuine psychic powers. It should be remembered that he has done so not on his own initiative but on that of his employers.' In December 1974. 'I've experienced it.whatever it was!' If top people speak in this vague-way about psychic powers (or whatever they are). It depends not so much on what you do but on who you are. First. In 1962. and the head of a large property development firm. Their comments included this revealing one (from the steel man) on the subject of parapsychology. Two of them. 'show that the probability of getting a superior profit-maker is much increased by choosing a man who scores well in precognition'. He makes it all sound quite easy. Geller is not the second Home or the second Houdini. few of their subjects professed to have much interest in psychic matters. studio and laboratory. This was witnessed by his mother. They included the founder of the Ampex Corporation. later co-authored a book entitled Executive ESP. It is also well known to the new generation of parapsychologists. that the essential first condition for their occurrence is a complete absence of resistance to them. Comparisons cannot be taken too far. it is very hard . they concluded.' said one. felt it. and finds things.

but that they have much less resistance to them. In short. This is naturally strongest between a mother and child. he noted that: We have seen time and again that despite their apparently capricious. but less so for men. Indeed. usually in the form of 'hysterical' blindness.) Ehrenwald has come across many examples of telepathy and precognition in his own consulting room. to the neurotic symptom and to unconscious processes in general. The majority of 'mediums' therefore tend to be women. One of his most important discoveries is that inexplicable phenomena. such as the tilting of a table. I often wonder if that bending spoon in the hand of four-year-old Uri actually fell apart by entirely normal means? It could have been a spoon of poor post-war quality that had reached the end of its useful life. means a close and mutually beneficial relationship between two living beings. whether or not personal emotions are involved. Psychic functioning is not a question of learning how. and as I described in my book If This Be Magic he has put his theories into practice with remarkable success. It has become socially acceptable for women to have 'intuition'. and speculates that the doctor-patient relationship is similar to the 'symbiotic' relationship of mother and child. or to create motion of physical objects without contact. publisher Eleanor Friede. mutism and paralysis. Psychic functions are not really as mysterious as they are often made out to be. was born with abilities we probably all have. whose father was often away from home on military service. even wrongly. All the evidence indicates that women have no more intuition. So we can look upon psychic powers as extensions of normal powers rather than as something supernatural only bestowed on people who come from outer space. Symbiosis. Writing of the features of the 'psi syndrome' in his book New Dimensions of Deep Analysis (1954). most of which involved his mother. what we really mean is that he. but of avoiding being told that this or that cannot be done. can be expected to occur once those concerned believe. haphazard nature they are governed by the same laws which apply to the break down. The latter lead to a restriction of human abilities. that they are already occurring. but this does not reflect the distribution of psychic gifts between the sexes. The psychologist Kenneth Batcheldor has studied the psychological conditions necessary for the manifestation of psychokinesis for more than twenty years. and has never found any reason to reject them. When we describe somebody as having been born psychic. or any other psychic powers. What interests me is that his early psychic experiences. the former expand the reach of the ego by enabling it to transmit or receive information at a distance. This did not lead to the unnaturally prolonged dependence of child upon mother that is sometimes found in families in similar circumstances. was a woman. As an only child. they are subject to established psychodynamic principles. than men. were allowed to remain undisturbed in his forming mind. in this context. but which are educated out of most of us. He grew up accepting them. Uri's childhood seems to have been perfectly normal in every way. implanting as it did so an image in Uri's mind that was to remain there for good. He calls this process . but it can also occur later in the child's life whenever its interests are closely associated with those of somebody else. It is a relationship that can be quite independent of sexual or intellectual attachment. only one of the top executives interviewed. Uri was inevitably in his mother's company relatively more than he would have been as a member of a larger family with a father in permanent residence. The American psychiatrist Jan Ehrenwald has shown that such human 'hyperfunctions' as telepathy. (In the magazine article mentioned above. or more often she. clairvoyance and psychokinesis are the exact mirror-images of the 'functional deficits' of the hysterical conversion syndrome.

and no doubt there are other pupils and teachers from Terra Santa College in Nicosia who remember being entertained by Uri's spontaneous end-of-term recitals of them. Once rapport had been established between researcher and subject and strengthened by this common interest in matters extraterrestrial. Uri has described how ever since he can remember he has been interested in space travel and the possibility of distant civilizations. they discussed space matters. any more than a dream need be literally true. As I have said. he says in the book mentioned earlier. and what followed was inevitable: a sudden and dramatic elaboration of all the space-fantasies that had been in Uri's mind throughout most of his life. At one of their first hypnosis sessions. say. which he never really wanted to do. he did not in fact do this until after I had told him (wrongly) that he had. For the first time in his life. So did his already considerable self-confidence. we must give him the credit due to him. He was all set for a career as a psychic superstar. who also happened to be a skilled hypnotist. This personal opinion comes from a close reading of the record of ancient religions and from my own observations and data. This is not a surprising ambition for an only child of a family of very modest means who already had more than a year's experience as a professional entertainer. And why on earth should he? Would it be reasonable to have asked. Puharich spelled out his own interest in such matters very plainly in the preface to his book Uri: I had suspected for a long time from my researches that man has been in communication with beings not of this earth for thousands of years. The latter included some remarkable information from an Indian named Dr Vinod. They were there.'induction by artifact'. but they were unquestionably in Uri's mind. Neither Puharich nor Geller made them up. and I demonstrated it myself when I told Uri that he was making the needle of my compass move by mind-power. Uri made it clear right from the start of his association with Puharich that what he really wanted to do in life was become rich and famous. It was almost entirely through his efforts that Geller ever set foot in a scientific laboratory. Uri's psychic gifts developed rapidly. obtained during a self induced trance and supposedly originating from the intelligence source called The Nine. and a very successful one. As I have already described. analyst or hypnotist expects. A naturally disintegrating spoon would be the ideal artifact to induce a belief in the possibility of spoons bending by less normal means. and as we would expect they grew and blossomed in the favourable climate of the hypnotic trance. He then made it move at once. Puharich asked outright. and Uri gave a detailed account of his longtime interest in this area. An important feature of the symbiotic relationship is what Ehrenwald calls 'doctrinal compliance'. Doctrinal compliance had been established. 'Are you one of the Nine Principles that once spoke through Dr Vinod?' The answer was 'Yes'. Whatever we choose to think of Puharich's extraterrestrial theories. Something like this seems to have taken place when Andrija Puharich arrived in Israel in 1971. We have the independent testimony of Mrs Agrotis and Joseph Charles. However. how they got there is a question I cannot answer. Itzhak Perlman to take part in a series of laboratory experiments in sound production instead of playing his violin on concert platforms all over the world? . can be in the form of 'unintended suggestion emanating from the therapist who is usually unaware of its operation'. whereby patients produce what they believe the doctor. It must be made clear that those fantasies were genuine. This. They may not have been literally true. The very day after Puharich first met Geller. Uri found himself being taken seriously by an experienced research scientist.

a well-informed writer on espionage matters whom I know personally. rather than the nowor-never confrontation favoured by hostile critics. in whose home Uri gave one of his first demonstrations. Geller's activities were closely monitored by Soviet-bloc observers from shortly after his arrival in the USA. and not an undercover agent. Rubinstein.Since 1971. He makes it clear that this is something on which the Israelis are considerably more up to date than any other Western nation. He was not prepared to let me quote him on anything at all. but often simply arrange to put them to work. He gave me the impression that he knew exactly what he was doing. he has never been able to resist a challenge in the form of a suggestion or an offer. Clive Menell and Peter Sterling. Credit for the original suggestions that he should expand his horizons is due to two influential Israelis: Amnon Rubinstein. columnist Jack Anderson published a series of articles on a CIA project codenamed Grill Flame. Richard Deacon. a development of the work already mentioned at SRI begun in 1972 by Ingo Swann. In 1984. we can assume that he passed on his impressions to those he reckoned to have a need to know. According to one of his sources. It was the man known as Mike who tried to entice Geller into the intelligence community. and it is known that they were monitored by the Mossad long before then. It was not even his own idea to become a public performer in the first place . His success in all these areas was limited for reasons that are easily understood: he is a public performer by nature. I would be surprised if Dayan had failed to make any further use of skills of this kind. and it was various American customs. and the defence chief Moshe Dayan. Anderson said. who flew several thousand miles to London in 1985 for the sole purpose of securing Uri's services. have allowed their names to appear on the record. This suggestion was later reinforced by a number of hard-headed businessmen of whom two. The idea of psychic espionage is an exciting one. I have met a third. and had led to the . The only area in which it has been well established that there is a useful role for psychically talented spies to play is that of remote viewing.his original stage career evolved gradually. from private demonstrations for Shipi and Hanna Shtrang. narcotics and FBI agents who on their own initiatives asked him to look for kidnap victims. and assorted villains. originally acted as adviser and guide and has remained on friendly terms up to the present. As for Dayan. This project. proving Uri's observation that people at the top do not question his abilities. Geller's whole career has been a succession of responses to challenges and the suggestions of others. The only service Uri will admit to having performed for him was helping locate a piece of pottery during a late-night archaeological dig. and flew home as soon as he had done so. who was to become minister of communications. except that he had not informed even his fellow directors of his plans. Although his stage routine has not changed much in fifteen years. and has led to a good deal of wild speculation but very little hard evidence. corpses. It was Sir Val Duncan of Rio Tinto-Zinc who suggested that Uri should apply his talent to such serious matters as finding oil and minerals. and he has good reason to fear for his personal safety if he becomes too widely known as the psychic detective or the super-dowser who cannot fail. Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ. through similar spontaneous shows in the homes of others to the school performances arranged by the enterprising Shipi (who was fourteen at the time) and finally to the public stage. where he might have remained for some time if Puharich had not steered his career in other directions. had produced information later verified by satellite about a very sensitive nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk in Soviet Kazakhstan. devoted a chapter of his book The Israeli Secret Service (1978) to the controversial subject of 'psychic espionage'.

Geller is the last person I would want to be involved. but he has always refused to co-operate on any test that could lead to negative or destructive use of psychic powers. Indeed. In its very essence it implies a mental state. Recent events have shown that an individual's change of attitude can have far-reaching effects. Targ.000 miles away. A psychic peace campaign. he will work apparent miracles. but also of precognition. If the magician seeks to dominate his environment. During the experiment. demonstrated the possibility not only of remote viewing of a site 10. she produced accurate information about two target sites in San Francisco selected by a random number generator and visited by Harary. . in the manner of Dr Faustus. and minds can be changed both by their owners and by others. I have constantly been given urgent pleas for helping research the peaceful uses of psychic powers. together with his colleague Keith Harary. visited the Soviet Union in 1983. Barely three years after the Yom Kippur War of 1973. The Geneva meeting in 1985 between the chief executives of the USA and the USSR was another occasion on which the states of mind of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev may have achieved more effect than anything they said to each other. he will be destroyed by the forces he creates or invokes. returning in October 1984 to carry out an experiment in remote viewing between Moscow and California. ceremonies and supernatural feats. The military applications of this kind of experiment would seem to be potentially considerable. an indication of the apparently enormous difficulties that . although the distinction must be made between co-operative and autocratic magic. The same may be true of the ostensibly unsuccessful 1986 summit meeting in Iceland. Egypt's President Sadat made his historic visit to Israel.' I apologize for taking this perceptive comment. which took him fifty years to write. The idea that an individual like Uri Geller can help shape world events simply by shaking hands with Adnan Khashoggi is less farfetched than it might appear. but the problem in practice would be finding subjects willing to take part. as so many wrongly believe. is another matter. 'Magic is not. Psychic warfare is quite feasible in theory. out of its context: a review of Professor Lynn Thorndike's eight-volume A History of Magic and Experimental Science by Eric J. it is a way of looking at the world. Thorndike's monumental work. by one of the harshest critics of the paranormal. with the Georgian psychic healer Dzhuna Davitashvili as subject. In the course of several visits to Eastern Europe. Not only is he too well known and too accessible to the media. which was videotaped. . if I were in charge of a team of psychic spies. but 'an illustration of the dangers inherent in the magical way of looking at the world and . I do not think this would have happened unless those concerned were well aware that research into their less peaceful uses is going on. for the targets were not selected until six hours after they had been described. is. It is much more than that. However. of the kind described in Uri's Chapter Twelve. The experiment. the prospects are promising. There is a place for real magic in the modern world. There followed the longest period of peace between Israel and Egypt since the creation of the former. in Dingwall's words. In a few words.location of a crashed Soviet Tu-95 'Backfire' bomber somewhere in Africa. If he seeks to alter his environment by invoking an already existing creative force and collaborating with it for the common good. not only a history. Events are caused by minds. Dingwall in the first issue (1959) of the International Journal of Parapsychology. changing the minds of millions simply by stepping off an aeroplane. which was witnessed by a member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (whom I have met). Here. it is much needed. merely a collection of rites.

is 'an antiseptic. then magic follows as night follows day. as Ehrenwald has pointed out. such as the limits of the human mind and its possible survival of physical death. By doing so. he must destabilize it and replace it with his own.' . Geller knows it. deboned and filleted to make them digestible for scientific consumption'. Nor can we challenge Dingwall's assertion that 'it is where there is ignorance. [that] imposture has free scope'. coincided with the emergence of modern science and the triumphs of such demystifiers of nature as Newton. If mankind still believes in magic. this world can be explored and brought into a kind of subjection to the operator's wishes. and he has a remarkable instinctive ability for producing it in almost any conditions. Uri knew all about 'induction by artifact' long before Batcheldor gave it a name. it is because there is a widespread and very deep-rooted awareness that there is some truth in it. who operate in a different reality. one that has been fully validated by Kenneth Batcheldor's theoretical and practical research into the psychology of paranormal physical phenomena. Yet magic has refused to go away. then doubts as to the correct interpretation of obscure events arise and the scientific way of looking at the world begins to make its appearance. The extraordinary reactions provoked by Uri Geller's appearance on the scene. he says. 'once the belief in a supernatural order of things is weakened.' he continued.I'm reading your mind!' and so on. 'Is Chaos Necessary?' is the title of the chapter in Targ and Puthoff's Mind Reach in which they discuss their SRI research with Geller (whose name they seem to have done their best to avoid mentioning ever since). That such dangers exist is undeniable. but it is an essential part of the destabilization process. Scientists have much less cause for self-congratulation than some of them appear to think. to use Dingwall's term. This can easily be mistaken for 'fraud'. both favourable and hostile. The idea that medieval magic evolved into or was replaced by modern science is a myth. despite their impressive scientific backgrounds.mankind has in escaping from such conceptions'. for all its achievements. by showing that psi phenomena cannot be studied in terms of science as currently understood. they were no more prepared. Chaos is necessary. has not yet answered any of the questions most of us really want answered. it has been our scientists and not our occultists who have found ever more efficient ways of harming and killing us and of systematically destroying the natural environment.' wrote Dingwall in the article mentioned above. The psi phenomena of today are. In many areas. expurgated or sanitized version of magic'. To be fair to them. If there is a thump on the ceiling while he is talking to a reporter he will suggest that it was something 'strange'. Yet this is only one side of the picture. The term 'psi'. it has preferred not to look for answers. he might claim 'I was just going to say that . for a laboratory subject like him than he was prepared for scientists like them. he infuriated the professional magicians by suggesting that he could do what they could only pretend to do. by appropriate methods. 'Once the belief in a supernatural world is established and the conviction that. The real magician cannot operate in everyday reality. 'But. 'derivatives of magic that have been dehydrated. He also upset many scientists. One criticism often made of Uri is that he is inclined to see mysteries where others do not. show that today both the desire for magic and the fear of it are as widespread as they have ever been. Meanwhile. Descartes and Galileo. The 'slow escape from magic'. as Montaigne pointed out in the sixteenth century. Or if somebody mentions a certain person or a place. Here was a talented and personable young entertainer claiming to be performing real magic in the context of the dehydrated and sanitized profession of conjuring. partly because modern science.

So.As I have seen for myself time and time again. he made the enigmatic comment: 'I can do what he does. who am I to distinguish between a real psychic and a fake one? I can only testify that on the evidence of my own senses. After following Geller's career closely for more than twelve years. he never found the answer. He has told me that many of his professional colleagues do believe in psi and that all of them (himself included) cannot always fully explain how they produce their own effects. The case against him is founded on the shakiest of evidence. whichever way you want to look at him. He is the only one to have demonstrated consistently. I have no reason to believe that he has ever tried to deceive either me or anybody else. and genuinely does what he claims to by the methods he claims to use. David Berglas. this would not affect the validity of the final product. or believe that they already are taking place. one of Britain's best-known magical entertainers. at experimental tablesessions with the Batcheldor group. I am wholly unimpressed by both their case and their methods of presenting it. Whether I do it in the same way that he does. If. after inducing belief in it in their audiences. Houdini. It may be asked why.' When I asked Berglas which way he wanted to look at Geller. and he had private conversations on the subject with a number of mediums as well as fellow magicians. can claim that since even professional magicians can be fooled.the best there has ever been. not to mention several often repeated lies.' Uri Geller is a magician.usually chaotic . Kangaroo courts should not be mistaken for courts of law. Berglas had this to say in Psychic News (13 December 1986): 'If he is a genuine psychic. and becoming one of the very few magicians to establish friendly personal relations with him. or if he did he kept it to himself.the episode of the shaving mirror would be enough to establish that. He is a phenomenon. his instinctive grasp of the conditions . On the evidence I have seen and examined. then he is the only person in the world who can do it. This has been my experience on several cases of the poltergeist type. His ability to induce psi by artifact is unrivalled. stage magicians do not occasionally perform real magic by mistake. They have rejected evidence that would be considered acceptable in any other field of scientific inquiry. has been both president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and acting chairman of the British branch of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. however. How. This side of Houdini's complex and contradictory personality is well discussed by his sympathetic biographer Raymund FitzSimons in his book Death and the Magician. Unfortunately. and we must respect that. That is. then are we ever going to settle the matter one way or the other? I can argue that Uri has satisfied me that genuinely inexplicable things take place in his presence . I really don't know. he practises what appears to be real magic as defined by Dingwall. His detractors have done a very poor job. preferring the innuendo. spent much of his life tormented by the question of whether this had happened to him. (He has repeatedly assured me that he does not. he is also phenomenal . if this is so. he is a magician or a trickster or a con-man. and on many occasions in Uri's company.) In my opinion. and they have used methods that would be considered unacceptable in them.necessary for the manifestation of psi is the best evidence in favour of his genuineness. on the other hand. of which it . as it were. Others. for example. the assumption and the smear of dispassionate observation and careful study of facts. we must respect him as one or the other. Others argue that it is precisely this ability to control his surroundings that points to his non-genuineness. The answer is that there is good reason to believe that now and then they do. If he were to use a few simple tricks in order to induce the real stuff. psi phenomena do not take place until those concerned either expect them to do so very soon.

Some of us have taken a quick look at this and backed away in fear and confusion. The late Sir Alister Hardy once designed an experiment whereby an agnostic or even an atheist can test the efficacy of prayer. They have failed to grasp the obvious: if there are such things as what are generally known as psychic powers. The bent spoons may be locked away in filing cabinets. They happen under their conditions and in their own time. he said is a 'formula for generating religious experience' whether you are already 'religious' or not. Obey the rule scrupulously. con-men. there is only one possible verdict: Geller is not guilty as charged. What is he. in my opinion. try it for yourself on the assumption that it might work. con-women and assorted nuisances who have wasted the time of a lot of well-intentioned people. A few have looked more closely. He has given us a tantalizing glimpse of what might be. clairvoyance or psychokinesis. If somebody can demonstrate them positively. remain buried for long. Millions of television viewers have sat and watched this enigmatic and mischievous fellow going about his business of reorganizing reality. The history of psychical research is full of frauds. Others have denounced it as something that should not be allowed to exist. The sensible researcher will re-create those conditions and then allow them to occur. The same type of experiment can be carried out by anybody interested in finding out whether there are such things as telepathy.has been possible to summarize only a small part in this book. others can demonstrate them negatively and suppress the very effect they claim to be trying to observe. Uri Geller. What they have seen has forced them to question their assumptions about the way the physical world and the human mind are supposed to behave. which can be summarized like this: 'Whether you believe in it or not. he has unnerved us all. What is difficult and impossible for some. Deciding for yourself whether there are such things as psychic powers or not is really quite easy. He is the first professional entertainer to bring ostensibly genuine psychic phenomena into the homes and lives of millions. The witch-hunters have been chasing after the wrong target. Expecting them to happen under your conditions and when you are ready for them is no use at all. It will not. He is also the first to put psychic powers to work successfully on a large scale in the 'real' world of big business. which is reserved for those very rare individuals who demonstrate unusual and inexplicable powers and are not found to be fraudulent. I suspect. Scientists have done their best to return to normal-work after a brief visit to their calm laboratories by the travelling Geller show.' Prayer. In the process. then? He has two firsts to his credit. is accepting the fact that they might exist. then see if you get results. they must be available to observers as well as to those under observation. is not one of them. Nor is he just one more 'medium' in the Home-Palladino-Schneider category. The face may have faded from the screens. But the subversive idea has remained buried in the collective subconscious: things are not what we have been taught they are. 18 What Scientists say about Uri Geller Wernher von Braun (NASA scientist) 'Geller has bent my ring in the palm of my hand without .

5) Dr Friedbert Karger (Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics.. perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner. Foch Hospital.' Dr Wilbur Franklin (Physics Department. Austria) 'I tested Uri Geller myself under laboratory-controlled conditions and saw with my own eyes the bending of a key which was not touched by Geller at any time.' (This is the first research related to parapsychology conducted at a US Government facility to have been released for publication by the US Department of Defense.' Professor Erich Mittenecker (Professor of Psychology.) William E.' (The results of these experiments were published in the respected British journal Nature. Bowling Green. I have no scientific explanation for the phenomena. France) 'The bends in metal objects [made by Geller] could not have been made by ordinary manual means. G. Toronto. Vol. Paris and Scientific Director of Pecheney.' Professor Helmut Hofmann (Department of Electrical Engineering. R. University of Graz. No.' Dr A.' Dr Walter A. Ontario) 'Metal objects were bent or divided [by Geller] in circumstances such as to prove conclusively . Hasted (Birkbeck College. What the most outstanding physicists of the last decades of this century could grasp only as theoretical implication.' Dr Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ (Stanford Research Institute) 'As a result of Geller's success in this experimental period. from fatigue fractures at -195 degrees to brittle fractures at +600 degrees C. Munich) 'Based on preliminary investigations of Uri Geller. France) 'Uri bent a strong heat-treated alloy bar held by myself and my assistant at each end. Personally. Kentucky) 'There is no logical explanation for what Geller did here. Owen (New Horizons Research Foundation. Maryland) 'Geller altered the lattice structure of a metal alloy in a way that cannot be duplicated.' Professor Charles Crussard (Professor of Metallurgy. North Carolina) 'I have failed to conceive of any means of deception in the static PK tests with Geller. But I don't think logic is what necessarily makes new inroads in science. Why is metal bending important? Simply because we do not understand it. The powers of this man are a phenomenon which theoretical physics cannot yet explain. Cox (Institute of Parapsychology.. Technical University of Vienna. There was a group of people present during the experiment who all witnessed the key bending in eleven seconds to an angle of thirty degrees. Kent State University) 'The evidence based on metallurgical analysis of fractured surfaces [produced by Geller] indicates that a paranormal influence must have been operative in the formation of the fractures.. There is no present scientific explanation as to how he did this.' Dr Albert Ducrocq (Telemetry Laboratory. Afterwards we tested the key in a scientific laboratory using devices such as electron microscopes and X-rays and found that there was no chemical. we consider that he has demonstrated his paranormal.' Eldon Byrd (US Naval Surface Weapons Center. 251. University of London) 'The Geller method of breaking steel is unlike anything described in the [metallurgical] literature. nor have magicians I have consulted. Austria) 'Uri Geller is extraordinarily gifted in telepathy.' Professor John B. Physics Dept. School of Mines. Frank (Bonn University) 'The Geller Effect is one of those "para"-phenomena which changed the world of physics. Suren. . There was absolutely no pressure exerted by Uri while the bar was bending. Durham.ever touching it. manual or mechanical forces involved in the bending of the key. I cannot establish fraud. that the phenomena were genuine and paranormal.' Dr Thomas Coohill (Western Kentucky University. Uri brought as fact into everyday life.

Leo Leslie. for keeping my feet on the ground. Sir John Whitmore. Jun-Ichi Yaoi. Beverly Gordey.All the controlled experiments I conducted with Uri Geller have been described in Sciences et Avenir. Gideon and Ofra Peleg. Dennis Thomas. Roni and Tal Rubinstein. Luis Conde. John G. Michael Bentine. Taylor. Jesse and Pat Lasky. Arie and Hava Shtrang. for helping both me and this book in many ways: Uri Avneri. And to all my friends around the world. Lady Mary Fairfax. Jose Lopez Portillo. Macmillan/Picador The Metal Benders. Carmen Romano de Lopez Portillo. And to Hanna. Aurelia and Dr Heinz Bundschuh. Brendan O'Regan. Samlerens Piccoloboger The Strange Story of Uri Geller. Tony Hammond. no. Eva Geller. Santiago Pollarski. Walter Klapper. Doubleday/Robson The Magic of Uri Geller. Bob Warth. Jeff Mishlove. pp. Tom Maschler. Beniamino Levi and Roberta. Margaret van Hatten. Yasha Katz. Aldus Books Superminds. Iris Davidesco. Bob and Candace Williamson. Adnan Khashoggi. Ballantine The Amazing Uri Geller. Eli Tavor. Matthew Freud. Lea Peleg. Volgyes Hugone. Charles Panati. Jim Colin. Barrie Thompson and family. 1108-1113. Routledge and Kegan Paul 20 Acknowledgments My thanks to the following. Yacov and Shoshi David. Clement and Jill Freud. Larry and Gloria Lighter. Ron and Nicola Collin. Ezer Weissman. James Randi. Ilonka Fullop. Aliza and Martha Rosenberg. Raintree In Search of Superman. Martin Ebon. Joseph Charles. Michael and Jackie Rosenberg. Dani Shalem. David Frost. John and Elizabeth Fuller. Richard Kuttner. Princess Luciana Pignatelli. Charles Panati' Ian Paten. Donald Wood. Philip J. Susan Elisabeth Korn. Walter and Mary Jo Uphoff. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Dick and Joaney Seaver. Andrija Puharich. Stuart Kuttner. Guy Lyon Playfair. Donnison. 345. Anita Lagercranz. Rany Hirsch. Hezi and Tali Zakai. Gonczi Palne. Paul Fenton. Artur Zorka. Houghton Mifflin The Geller Phenomenon. the Bulgari family. Edgar Mitchell. Meir and Anat Gitlis <gitlis. Ulrich Kohli and family. Brian Inglis. Eldon Byrd.htm>. Ron Hawke and family. Margaret Gero. John Tishman. 1987 . Amnon. Wolfgang Foges. Colin Wilson. John Wilhelm. John Hasted. Tibor. Betty Kenworthy. Byron and Maria Janis. 19 Books about Uri Geller Uri. Avi Setton. John Hasted. Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ. Colin Wilson. Yboi and Denes Schner. New American Library Uri Geller: Fup eller Fakta?. Pocket Books The Geller Papers. Shipi Shtrang. Moshe Ben-Haim. Andrija Puharich. Robert Bolt and Sarah Miles.

The truth was gradually emerging: that I had met the head of the Soviet arms negotiating team in Geneva and also his US counterpart. I only know that it was not me. and where I was hoping for some days of recuperation in the spring sunshine. I had no such luck. Me: You're thinking. plus quite a distinguished cast of supporting characters. Mandy Greenfield. the Sunday Times. This one was true. Maurice Grosse. Geller . Geller. Anthony Colwell. First off the mark was Newsweek. when I am asked to keep quiet on a sensitive matter. 'Bet you can't tell what I'm thinking right now'.you're on! . Dr Marcello Truzzi and Professor Robert Van de Castle. As many eminent people in all walks of life could testify. There was no indication in the brief item of why anybody would have thought I had anything useful to say about Soviet strategic intentions. who claims to be able to bend spoons with mental force. I do not know who leaked the story. Sample dialogue: Reagan: Baloney! I bet you can't tell what I'm thinking right now. Jack Houck. This guy's genuine. What surprised me was seeing it in print. though again most of the information they contained did not come from me. Special thanks are due to Uri Hanna and Shipi for their co-operation. GUY LYON PLAYFAIR 22 Epilogue Mind Over Missile? I was as surprised as anybody else to open the 4 May 1987 issue of US News & World Report and read the following on the 'Washington Whispers' page: Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Claiborne Pell last week reserved a vault in the attic of the Capitol . Ambassador Max Kampelman. OK.URI GELLER I would like to thank the following for their help: David Bolt. which sent a reporter to my home in England. Reagan: That's good. Again. I keep quiet.a room often used to examine top-secret documents. By the time the 11 May issue of Newsweek was on the stands (several days before the cover date) there had also been a full-page feature in the News of the World (3 May) and even a fifteen-column-inch story on the front page of Britain's leading Sunday newspaper. once briefed former President Jimmy Carter. where I had only just returned after a very tiring three-week promotion tour for the hardcover edition of this book in the US. I was even given the honour of an item in the weekly BBC radio satirical programme 'Week Ending' (1 May) in which I was supposedly introduced to President Reagan as the fellow who was going to use 'his awesome psychic powers against the Soviets'. patience and hospitality throughout the writing of this book. the world's media decided to find out for themselves. in addition to the highly respected five-term US Senator Claiborne Pell. I was not surprised by yet one more untrue story about me in the press. Purpose: Assemble government officials to hear Israeli psychic Uri Geller reveal what he has divined of Soviet strategic intentions. all three of these major stories were substantially accurate. Not surprisingly.

I THINK URI GELLER HAS MADE AN ARMS DEAL WITH THE AMERICANS' 8 Cartoon from the New York Post. Then I drew what I had picked up and described it to my caller. Then came the reply. to the best of my recollection. but my voice must have betrayed my suspicions.' I replied. and why they no longer asked me to do anything for them. Mr Geller. 'COMRADE GORBACHEV. let me tell you what really happened. I soon learned that there was a sudden revival of interest in me. with its row of contorted Soviet missiles. There was a long silence. 'If you're psychic you'll know this isn't a joke. 'I believe you. including those made at my expense.' he went on. Did anybody tell you to get in touch with me?' 'No. He could well have been the CIA chief. just for my personal satisfaction?' 'Well. and I remembered that my first contact with the CIA had been very similar to this one. that was enough for me. I forget what I replied. I do not know how it all started. 'OK. Mr Geller. The only Casey I had been reading about was the newly appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency. and from friends of friends. (I also never met President Reagan and I never use my 'awesome powers' against anybody or anything except maybe spoons. Scraps of information coming my way from friends. He and I turned out to have close friends in . OK. May 1987. so I cannot tell you the whole story. late in December 1986. 'Can you describe it for me?' I closed my eyes and went through my usual visualization method. are serious matters. I told him I had seen a dagger with an ornamental tortoise-shell or ivory handle. OK.' said the caller. World peace and nuclear disarmament. I've done it in the past.' I gathered he wanted to do some kind of telepathy test. He sounded to me like an elderly man of some authority. went like this. I just wanted to ask if you could do something for me over the 'phone. I wondered if we had been disconnected.' And that was that. I particularly want to set the record straight in order to avoid speculation that might harm the careers of some of the finest public servants of the United States . but I don't know if it'll work. With the first publication of this book in Britain in October 1986. How can I help you? I'm quite astonished and flattered that you're calling me out of the blue like this. I've known about you for many years.) The New York Post published the cartoon reproduced opposite. no. 'Mr Geller? My name is Casey. You may have read about me in the papers lately. The .' Somebody had to be kidding me. I had already met Senator Claiborne Pell socially.It was all good fun. I received a most unusual telephone call. although the actor playing my part did not sound like me. 'I'll . 'I'm looking at something.and maybe also of the Soviet Union. It was nice talking with you. however.darned! You got it. the late William Casey. so I decided to go along with him and see what developed. I do not know who said what to whom. led me to believe that some of my former colleagues in the US defence and intelligence communities were asking themselves why they had let me go. I enjoy a good joke. I can only put on record what I know. and now that a good deal of the story of my brief involvement in this area has been made public by others. Then. when or where.

They arranged an extensive promotion tour for me in Germany. and as with Senator Pell I found him to be a person of great warmth and constructive intentions. We had a very pleasant meeting. The US/Soviet disarmament talks were already under way. During my conversation with the Princess (which was private and as far as I am concerned will remain so) she mentioned the Senator as an old friend who not only had a very distinguished public career . and could I suggest a suitable venue? I assumed he would not want our meeting to be too public. the German-born Princess Michael of Kent. Our talk lasted about an hour. he also struck me as one of the most forward-looking and open-minded statesmen I had ever met. of a smiling face. . He was particularly keen to know if I thought that a human mind could influence others at a distance in a positive way. Not long after that mysterious telephone conversation with a man who claimed to be the head of the CIA. I found Senator Pell to be a man of great dignity and wisdom. introduced me to a member of the British Royal Family. He struck me as a man not fond of wasting time. during which we also touched on the question of Soviet Jews. Although I did not know it at the time. to put it mildly.he was now chairman of the US Foreign Relations Committee . Austria and the German-speaking areas of Switzerland. I found myself on centre-stage in a reallife drama that could have had immense international consequences. . so I hastily arranged to borrow the boardroom of a London company owned by a friend I could trust to keep quiet. who told me very formally that the ambassador would like to meet me.common. when an article in the New York Times (10 January) quoted him as having 'discussed the parapsychology field with Soviet researchers during a visit to the Soviet Union in August . Nothing specific was arranged. a publisher with its headquarters in Geneva. the German-language edition of this book had been published by Ariston.but was also very open-minded towards psychic and spiritual matters. and I never imagined that we would meet again so soon or in such sensitive circumstances. Princess Luciana Pignatelli.just the two of us.' We got along very well from the start. The date was 27 February. What especially impressed me was that he wanted above all to know if I thought psychic power could be used for peaceful purposes. and that was where we duly met . which was naturally of interest to us. the Senator's interests were on the record back in 1984. and the invitation came from Ambassador Kampelman's aide. and I was to attend a function at the US Mission. although whoever heard of entertainers at disarmament talks?! So. and although he could be described as a member of the old school of politics. I do not know:) It was agreed that if the press spotted me I was to be described as an entertainer. and it was while I was in Zurich that I received yet another of those out-of-the-blue 'phone calls inviting me to come at once to Geneva. and when we shook hands out on the pavement nothing was said about any further meeting. It came about when an old friend of mine. (Whether the invitation originated with the ambassador. . I bent a spoon for him and reproduced a drawing he had made out of my sight. another call came out of the blue into my home. The caller was secretary to Ambassador Kampelman. so there was nothing unusual about our initial meeting. By February 1987. almost as soon as I stepped from the plane at Geneva. Max Kampelman was one of the few people who have asked to see me and then not asked me to bend a spoon or read his mind. and I believe he had been well briefed on what I could do.

because the . those of Senator Pell and Ambassador Kampelman. revolutions and massacres. Yuli M. The previous year. With Vorontsov I had three or four hours. and we soon began a pleasant and informal conversation. I was delighted to spot two familiar faces. For all their history of wars. Pell and two other senators. Arlen Spector. it did. After the reception. 'I know these powers are real'. together with his minister. and party secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. I am sure he received the message. I was sure he had such a desire. and my great relief. ranging over world affairs in general and the abilities of individuals to alter the course of events by no more than the state of their minds and their real desire for peace. and I really let him have it. Throughout the meal. negotiate and discuss. Vorontsov knew who I was. as I have described. but as any diplomat will know these affairs are not held just for fun. I felt no trace of hostility from him. I signed a copy of my book for Vorontsov and his wife. His manner towards me after my little show became even more cordial. handing it to Vorontsov and telling him it would go on bending while he was holding it. and then picked up a spoon and began to bend it in my usual way. and. as might have been the case under earlier Soviet administrations. Edward Shevardnadze. To his delight. I liked Mr Vorontsov at once. 'How come the US is still using him. Don Nickles and a man who could well be a future US president . telling him he would have a good laugh when he read it. I am convinced that he too got the message. and said. I feel that there is a peaceful side to the Russian personality (though not perhaps to all nationalities in the Soviet Union).that both sides had come to Geneva to bargain.though this was not the time to ask about that alleged incident. Like the reception. I had only had a few minutes with the first 'victim' of my peace campaign. I kept up a steady bombardment of my own form of negotiation: intense images of peace. I was invited to join a group for dinner at Roberto's restaurant. and the well-being of tens of millions of people would depend on how well my fellow-diners got along with each other. History was being made all around me. together with an energy and enthusiasm for life not often found in other peoples. the dinner was more than a purely social affair. He smiled. and I did not have to be psychic to know that I had walked into a room where some very heavy stuff was going on amid the social chatter and raising of glasses. because he was going to think.Albert Gore. The serious business continues at them. It soon became clear to me . Adnan Khashoggi. I began by making a seed sprout. It may have been no more than an informal social event on the surface. and since I had been brought along as an entertainer. then went on to tell me about the Soviet healer Dzhuna Davitashvili.The formal business of the day was over (I had not been invited to that) and a reception was held at the US Mission for American and Soviet delegates and their wives. not to present previously established fixed positions. I was even more honoured and pleased then to be presented to the First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union and head of his mission. where I was seated opposite Vorontsov at the table that also included Kampelman. Vorontsov. Richard perfectly normal means . and I will not repeat any of the dialogue that buzzed around my ears during the meal. who is thought to have treated the late Mr Brezhnev . I thought I had better do some entertaining. I had come a long way in a short time. for the man I was meeting just a couple of months after that enigmatic telephone call from somebody claiming to be William Casey (I still have no proof that it was) was one of the three most influential men in Soviet foreign affairs. and to be introduced to no less than five other senators: Ted Stevens.

I realized I was still in my usual sports clothes. House Speaker James Wright. including Capitol Hill staffers and Pentagon and Defense . The audience. and felt I ought to change into something more suitable for a top-level meeting with some of the leaders of the world's most powerful nation. calling for more promotion. consisted of 'forty government officials. I found that the authorities had not finished with me. and a handful of senators including Alan Cranston. and they are not telling. However. Perhaps it did. On 7 April. In a front-page column headed 'Soviet Offer is Genuine Article'. The 'hard-line' version was that it was a clever Soviet ploy to lure President Reagan into an unwise deal at a time when he faced difficulties in other areas. Time was running short. the Sunday Times' headline in its 3 May issue was: 'Did Uri Bend the Will of Gorbachev?' Maybe I did? Who knows? Only Vorontsov and Gorbachev. . as US News & World Report put it. who drove me straight to the Capitol. and I was sure I had not been invited just to bend the spoons. and I had little time to prepare myself physically and psychically for my three-week tour of the US in April. Representative Charlie Rose. hoping a curious cop would not stop by and wonder exactly what was going on! The meeting was not an unqualified success for me.' he said. on Monday 2 March 1987. 'Don't worry. I hope it opened one or two more that evening. I flew in from Minneapolis. East and West. This was to the meeting at the Capitol at which. there were many indications that the Soviet leader had been planning a major initiative of this kind ever since the 1986 Reykjavik summit with Reagan and I had nothing to do with that! Even so. 'They never read books!' Three days later. and I already had reason to believe that it had opened quite a few minds in recent weeks. according to Newsweek. I had plenty to do. I took the opportunity to say my piece on world affairs and the ability of individuals to influence them for the general good.' I would love to claim all the credit for is fairly derogatory about the CIA?' Vorontsov laughed. the story hit the world's headlines. for towards the end of my coast-to-coast tour I received yet another of those invitations of the kind you cannot refuse. 'West Welcomes Gorbachev Nuclear Weapons Proposal' (Financial Times) and 'Urgent Missile Talks Today on Soviet Offer' (The Times) were two typical ones from the British press. The French edition of my book came out. The 'optimistic' theory was that 'Gorbachev is making an important concession'. whose other guests included such prominent political figures as Milton Friedman. . but I should point out that Gorbachev's surprise offer was made the very day after my dinner party at Geneva. It is true that when I said good-bye to Vorontsov. and Steele commented: 'I accept the second theory . Back home after my brief plunge into international affairs. which he assured me he would and I have no doubt that he did. It was a private and informal affair. less than a week after the start of my US tour. I received a very high-powered invitation to a dinner party at the house of a prominent and influential industrialist in the Washington area. so I stripped right down there in the Capitol parking lot and managed to get my suit and tie on. As we rolled into the parking lot. and was met at the airport by Senator Pell's aide. I told him to tell Mr Gorbachev what had happened. My little peace lecture was pretty well rehearsed by now. I was asked to reveal to US government officials what I had 'divined' of Soviet strategic intentions. The Guardian's Jonathan Steele summarized two explanations of what he called 'Mr Gorbachev's dramatic U-turn' in the form of a no-stringsattached offer to remove all medium-range nuclear missiles from Europe.

put them in an envelope and had this delivered to the Soviet Embassy in London. One was to Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. That was not quite correct . I had been on the promotion bandwagon since October. and the third was to the director-general of the Soviet Committee for State Security. I am just a good showman and an entertainer. Was somebody out to kidnap me. What it amounted to was this: I could be in serious trouble. my children and my home. but on my usual theme of world peace and the need to invest more in the development of mental abilities. or was that cryptic message from the nameless Israeli genuine? Knowing how people in Israeli security circles operate. Peace Uri Geller Was I over-reacting. . . and this is what I wrote: After my demonstration at the US Mission in Geneva for the US and Soviet delegations. as Newsweek reported quite correctly. and his message to me was very brief. and on top of that I had suddenly been hauled into a major international affair. and I should watch my step. I had only recently spent an evening with the Number Three man in the Soviet foreign affairs hierarchy. and I am harmless. He did not tell me who he was.the shapes that the assembled guests had drawn on bits of paper'. but . as they say in intelligence circles? It seemed ridiculous. I enclosed a covering letter to the ambassador asking him to pass on the letters.I did not hold forth on my abilities. I was contacted by an Israeli. Then. The contents of the letters were identical. The victims of these perverts and warmongers always seem to be those most dedicated to peace. Maybe he overstated his case. There are also some powerful and well-financed individuals who have vested interests in preventing world peace. I would doubt that he was wasting either his own time or mine. That great man of peace Terry Waite disappeared in the labyrinths of Lebanese political intrigue after setting out on another of his brave one-man peace missions. I was really worn out after barnstorming around the country. He was very well informed about my recent activities in areas other than those for which I am best known. . I reminded the officials that I now knew what I was talking about from first-hand experience when I said that top Soviet officials were aware of the psychic dimension. My good friend John Lennon was gunned down outside his own home by a mentally disturbed young man. I heard rumours that the KGB might be planning to either kidnap me or kill me. These things do happen. with very few rest breaks. I thought. or to 'terminate' me. I do hope the rumours are false. gathered in a high-security room to hear Geller hold forth on his abilities'. They do get terminated. I wrote three short letters. As soon as I got home. Shortly after the start of my April promotion tour in the United States.Department aides. My best wishes. I just had a bad day as far as telepathy was concerned. All I could concentrate on by then was getting back to my wife. 'the psychic tried guessing unsuccessfully . I would not bet on it. better known as the KGB. but knowing the people I assume he was working for. So far. so good. and I had. love and spiritiual progress. There are some really sick people out there. They do disappear. left him with something to think about. What really happened to those three British scientists working in a sensitive defencerelated industry who were all found dead in most unusual circumstances? People do get kidnapped. and I did not ask him. I became paranoid. one was to Yuli Vorontsov.

. I have been promoted to the status of a 'psychic'! The issue today is no longer whether Uri Geller is real or not. I accepted them all and included a selection of articles and items about my recent activities from the press. . the episode was very objectively and fairly reported). which is not quite the same thing. the spoonbending psychic from Israel. from Moscow and Leningrad to Minsk. a new laboratory added there. My guess is that they went home with plenty to think about. Kharkov. Index . Now. Alma-Ata. Looking through my file of anti-Geller articles. here is the 1977 issue of The Humanist with the cover story entitled 'Psychics Debunked'. Krasnodar. What was the US up to? Did they have a secret weapon: me? To add to their confusion. A research budget would be increased here. Maybe he really did believe that the US had signed an arms deal with me? There must have been some confusion in the Kremlin .entertainers do not normally show up at disarmament talks. incidentally. And here is the New Scientist (16 April 1987) admitting just ten years later that 'despite CSICOP's attempts to discredit Uri Geller. I had on the minds of the Soviet officials I met. we should put some real money into minds. Geller has earned up to $250. I had made it perfectly clear what I was up to. they would still like me to visit them. I also included a fair selection of derogatory material written by my detractors and other sceptics. there was an interesting development: I received official invitations from no less than four major countries. I was one of them. Taganrog. the same magazine described me as a 'fake'. I tried to visualize the scene when Vorontsov reported back to his government after the Geneva talks. We are now putting the emphasis on ways of increasing peace. though? Did somebody else want me out of the way? I could not think of anybody.' In 1978.that the mind is mightier than the missile.000 a day telling mining companies where to look for oil and gold. and it will be some time before we can say what effect. more staff taken on somewhere else . and instead of spending billions on missiles. All of them wanted me to visit them in order to discuss ways of achieving peace with top government officials including heads of state. I am proud of what I did at Geneva. It is one of much more importance: whether a wider understanding of the real power of the human mind can make for a better fact. Pushchino. Previous 'peace conferences' have focused on ways of reducing war. at least.Had I written to the right people. and I am grateful to those courageous public figures who invited me there regardless of the ridicule they knew they could expect from their own press (although as it turned out. Novosibirsk. I told Vorontsov more or less what I told all the other people mentioned in this chapter . When I received these invitations. It is already clear that I am not the only one to believe this. but all the same I carried out a thorough check of my security and improved it in a number of ways. I cannot help feeling once again that I have come a long way. for when the story of my visits to Geneva and the Capitol hit the headlines. I do not know who was ultimately responsible for getting me to Geneva. Kiev. you may remember. and that as soon as they were back at their desks quite a number of urgent messages flew around the country. everywhere that 'bioelectronics' (their word for psychic functioning) is already being studied. For instance. of course. All four countries replied to the effect that after carefully studying the material I sent them. if any. making use of the best advice available anywhere. wrote to thank me for my services after the story had become public. The next peace summit talks could be really interesting. Two of them. Yerevan and Tbilisi .

Uri. 94-6 . 339 Allon.. 203 Ben-Haim. 246. ('Son of Sam'). 176 Bolivar. 77. Richard. Edgar. Franz. 212 Braun. 20 Asimov. 184 Beit Hachaial. 23 Beckenbauer.. Itzhak.. Thomas H. 241-2. 125. 29. 102 Britannis.P. Robert M. 287. 286 Anderson. 297. 266 American Medical Association. Yuri. 302 Apollo. 182 American Society for Physical Research. 298. Isaac. 245 Ballinger. 259 Brain hemispheres. D. 335 Branson. 242 Berkowitz. Raul. 342 Andropov. 284-5. David. 20 Archaeus (renamed Artifex). Eitan. 301. 208 Bentov. Wernher von. 170 Bamakhaneh. SS. 38.Abendzeitung. 14. 300 Archaeus Project. 220 Batcheldor. 20 Berglas. 50. Simon. 197 Amazonia. 346. 337. 347 Beatles. Kenneth. 100 Bronfman. 262 Astor. 278 American Magazine. Jenny. 156-62. 196-7 Ayalon. 133-5 Aeromexico. 265 Arigo (J. 76 Animal magnetism. 249-52 Bresson. 147 Advanced Research Projects Agency (D-ARPA). Shirley. 102. Moshe. 160 American Humanist Association. 267-9. 139 Brazil. Jack. de Freitas). 30 Avneri. 323 Bild. 71. Yosef. 1. 90 Agrotis. 200 Bassey.

Gary. 339 Chernobyl. 191. 270-71 Business Week. 106. Thomas. 205 Childhood's End. 230. 156-62 Dadashev. 267 Computer World. 263 Central Electricity Generating Board. 300. 63 Cox. Billy. 332 Bulgari family. 79-83. 182 Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). Milbourne.. 77. 219 Carter. 102 Carter. 73-4. 82. 323 Bul. 206. 279. 76. 292 Connery. 106 Colour Supplement. 80. 301 'Carl' (US Customs official).'. Arthur C. 205 Cohn. 272 . 79 Carter. 83 Cayce.Bronfman. 252 Crown. 48. 97. 21. 94. 205. 233 262-3. 182 Byrd. 18 Clarke. 49-50. 206 Arthur C Clarke's World of Strange Powers. Eldon. William Edward 256-7. Joseph. 21 Cooper. 220 Coohill. 305-7. 225. Sean. 78. Nino. 92. 307 Citizen Kane. 322 Combat Arms. 227 Center for Scientific Anomaly Research (CSAR). 312 'D. 293 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). 280. 94-6. Mr. Roy. 103 Bulgaria. 140-44. Samuel. 78 Crespi. 78 Crookes. 182 Computing with the Amstrad. 72. 271. Sir William 240. 330 Crespi. 347 Committee on Unamerican Activities. 321 Czechoslovakia. 276. Rosalynn. Jimmy. 283. Edgar. The (Pewsey). 116 Christopher. 267-70. Lucita. 342 Charles. Tofik. 278-9.

243-4. 264 Dixon. David. 20 Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (Gardner). 61. 251. 114-15 Dickson. 321 Executive ESP (Dean. 94. Thomas A. 269 Faisal. Iris. 163. Abb.182 . Moshe. 60 Dimitrova. 338 Dolphins. 61 Ducrocq. Mike. 93. Ralph P. 345 Electricity. 347 Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). 60-63. 242. 150-51 'Don' (FBI agent). 88 9 Daily Mail. 344. 264. Bernard. 22. 93-5. 307. 265 Ehrenwald. Mihalasky Shroeder & Ostrander). Dr. 257.. 23. Douglas 334 Death and the Magician (FitzSimons). 182. E. 321 Evening Advertiser. 155. 260.. 102 Dowsing. 340 Echeverria. Luiz. 342 Dayan. Severin. Vanga. biological effects of 293-4 Electronic Canary. 208 Davidson. 245 Davidesco. 270 Dingwall. King 221 Fantasy-proneness. 97-9. 101-2. Cliff.. Sir Val. Albert. 344 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 169 Denmark. 231. Jan. 117. 341 Dean. 341 Deacon. 334 Experiments with Uri Geller. 256. 33. Dzhuna. 36-7. 115-16 Enfield poltergeist case. Eric J. 227-9 Fate. 94. 341 Financial Times. 118 Discover. 248 Edwards. 64 Edison. 335-6. 101. 263 Faustus. Richard. 136 Davitashvili. 133 Edwards. 261 Doctrinal Compliance. 253-6 Diamontron. 224-5. 78. 330 Dimbleby. 263.Dahlen. 316-17 Esquire. 345 346-8 Direkt-Larm. 22 Duncan. 297-301 Daily Express.

Eileen 20. 322 Freud. 45-59 Sir Val Duncan. 121 212-13. 341 South Africa. 146-7 Paraguay. 103-5 anti-kidnap insurance. 301 Gamow. 243-4. 83 Henry Kissinger. 121-7 unethical assignments. 250-51 eating habits. Wilbur. 233. David. 64 Rosalynn Carter.111. 73-5. 125. 144 Franklin. Bob. 99 'Son of Sam' case. Sigmund. Gerald. 60-63 Moshe Dayan. 111 246. 126 226 Freeman. 188-90. 212 315 Geller. 156-7. 236. Mexico. 61. 294 Gardner. 93. 260 261. 77. 128-31 effects on computers. 182 Ford. 269 Garrett. Bill. 41. 21. Natalie. 29-91 contacts with CIA. 120 149-53 Switzerland. 93-6. 19. 191. Itzhak. Raymund. Daniel. 107 wins at casino. 111-19. 335. 212 Geller. 121. 347 Fletcher. 293 FitzSimons. 246. 303-4 Geller. 241 Garrett . George. Martin. 300 Geldof. 122 Forbes. 336 Fuller. 19-22.Fishpond. Diana. 240. Michel. Clement. 102-3 Bulgari kidnap case. Uri early biographical data. 94-6 at United Nations. 212 313 Friede. 19. 182 Freud. 158-60. 75 inauguration of President Carter. 80. 82. 128-47 . 77-83 Brazil. Robert 228 Gauquelin. 224 Geller. 246 Geller. 191. 209-12. Margaret. 108-110 inventions. 101-2 Bronfman kidnap case. Eleanor. 303-7. 263 Gazes. Elizabeth. 84-6 contacts with FBI. 73-4.

150 51 Solomon Islands. 120-21 scientific research. Maurice. 188-90 coincidences. 186 birth of son. Douglas. 215-16 at Khashoggi party. 34-5. 230. Alexander. 202-3 stage trickery. 343 Gottschalk. 61-2.100. Andrew. 191-202 Beersheba court episode. 168-75 Germany. 147. 225. C. 225 Germany. 183 jet-set life. 180-82. M. 162-4. 251.htm>. 160-62. 229-30 dowsing and remote sensing. 121-3. 215-16 Israel tour (1984-5). 20. 224-9 critics. 203-4 Katz's denunciation retracted 207-8 lucky number. 325 Glant. 204-6. 125. 146 Golan. 196-8. 232-4 My Story. 183-5 Gidon. 226-7 fantasy and imagination. 324 Haganah. 200-2 methods of critics. 49 Haig. 54. 236. Menachem 191 Goldstein. 177 Green. 201 Gorbachev. 304 Pampini. 249. 54-5. 322 Greenham Common. Thomas. 308-9 security. 68-9 misuse of psychic gifts. 217-24 Views on: metal-bending. 246 . 145 Hammond. 316-18. 190-91. 239. E. 183-5 marriage. Uri. 176-7. 24. Mikhail. 241-3.. 140-44 dolphins. 29. 176-7 USA.183 203.Japan. 212-16 Sophia Loren episode. 177-80 England. 245. 293 Grosse. 274 Haolam Hazeh. 199 Gitlis. Meir <gitlis. Tony. 153-4. 167 Hansel.166 Korea. 112-13.

344 Hitler. 122 Hibbard. 269 Humanist. 100. 274 Janis. Leon. Peter. 347 Howard. 164. 131-2. 297-302 Houdini. 165. 245-6 Heysel Stadium. 116-17 Inglis. 32. 215 Hoxha. 341 'Jack' (US Embassy official). 342 Israeli Secret Service. Vladimir. 215 Japan. 205 Hawke. Brian. Richard. 62-3. 102. Harry. Bonnie. Arthur. 344 Israel. Enver. 284-91 James. 135. 139 Haynes. 179 Hashalom Civil Court (Beersheba). 241-5. 338. 342 Hardy. 62. 207-11. 183. 349 Harnden. 260. 32 Houck. Byron.Harary. 174 International Journal of Parapsychology. 332-3. Keith. 21. 279 Internal Revenue Service (US). 346 Inertial sensor. 218-19. Renee. A. 290 Herd.. Daniel D.. Sir Alister. 261. Ray. 17 Hebard. 240. 187 Japan Shipbuilding Industry Federation. Rany. 262 Induction by artifact. 181 Home. 276. Mr and Mrs. 323 Janis. 21.. 155-7. 216. Maria. 268. 132 .. 240. 275-6 The Hidden Power. 332-3.S. John B. 134.. 155 Jaroff. 230. The (Deacon). The. 287 Hirsch. 20 Hyman. 202 International Herald Tribune. 280 Hunter Personnel. Robert G. Ronald S. 245 History of Magic and Experimental Science (Thorndike). 201 Hasted. 147 Horowitz. 167 Hurkos. 350 Hor Zu. 206. 266. John. 136-7. W. William. 264 Jerusalem Post. . 249. 108. Jack. 261. 215. 140-4. 235 Holt. 168. 276 Institute for Cosmic Biology (Moscow). 56 Jahn. 267. 191-204.

222-3 Lopez Portillo. 281 Kammann. 189 Kibler. 37 Leslie. 30-44. 321 Leitao da Cunha. 303-5 Kronenhalle (Zurich). Jose Ramon. Henry. 253-6. 48. 55 Lee. 260. Yasha. 69. Austin. 78 Kaman Tempo. 134 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Johannes. Jim.. Jose. Daulton. Scott 281 Jornal do Brasil. 40. C. 81. Leo. 90 Lopez Portillo. Carmen Romano de. Masood. 146 Kim Il Sung. Susan Elizabeth. 67-8.W. 86. George. 85-9 Lopez Portillo. J. 262. 330 Leukaemia Research Foundation. 73-5. Rene. Stephen. Stefan. 71. 227 Lawrence. Ulrich. 145 Kenilorea. 86. 134 Kimche. 207-8 Kelley. 168 Lee. 217-24. 163 Kepler. David. 33. 269 Katz. 168-75 Korn. 40. Martin. 282-300 Leighton. Elton. Robin.John. 33. 145. Adnan. 263 Kanfer. 70. Samuel P. 290 Leesburg symposium. 33 . 34. Carmen. Marcos.. Sir Peter. 129 Kurtz. Senhora. 190 Jones. 278-9 Khashoggi. 138. M Leach. 146-7. 52. 268 Langley. Petra. 169 Kissinger. 77 Leon. 34. 128-31 Korea. 235 Jones. 222 Leacock. Paul. 344 Khatamee. Richard. 89-91 Lopez Portillo. Paulina. Barry. 206 Kohli. 25 Lee. 216 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.. 275 KGB (State Security Committee). 153 Lazaros. 87. 33 Lopez Portillo.

272 Mexico. 207 McCarthy. 184 Musko. 96 Magic. Mikhail. 199. 341 Mind-Reach (Targ & Puthoff). 83. Edgar. Matthias. 125. Clive. 276 Matchbox Toys 123 Matuzok. 48 Mysteries of the Unexplained. 86-91. 218 .Y. 342 Muller. 230 Mossad. 50-59. Avraham. Ron. 45-9. 29-44. 242. Thelma. 242 Morris. F. 279 Nabila. 85. John. Wolf. 147. 50-58 71-3. 126. 117 Muzankov. Eddie. 346 Mind to Mind (Warcollier). 302 Messing. 264 McRae. 288 Mesmer. 285-6 Moneytron. 290. 271 Lucy. Golda. 131 Markwick. 19. Georgi. 206. 294-7 'Morris. 267 McDonnell. 80. 78.. 78. 344-6 Magic or Miracle? 235 Manning. 183. 265 Meir. Christopher. 77. 53-4. 340 Mental Radio (Sinclair). 244 Meister. 130. Betty. James S. 273. 288 Mind Wars (McRae). Miguel de la. 244. 229 Medtronic. 75-6. 185 Mobius Group. 45-9. 58-9. 60 Moore. 6075. 22. 20. 49. Matthew. 66 Mafia. Somerset.A. 79. Tom'. Robert. 245 Lozanov. Joseph. 174 Maugham.Loren. 139. 89. 117 Moss. 283 Madrid. Corporation. 334 'Mike' (CIA agent).. 63-4. 85. 131 Menell. 78-83 Ma'ariv. Viscount. 20. 302 Mardor. 283 Mitchell. Gerd. 187 Mihalasky. V. Sophia. 90 Mosey. 115 Montgomery of Alamein.

Nachshol Electronics, 113 National Department of Investigation (Israel), 202 National Security Agency, 283 Nature, 20, 23,137, 182, 205, 247 Naylor, Bob, 321 Never Say Never Again, 218 New Dimensions of Deep Analysis (Ehrenwald), 336 Newman, Del, 108 New Scientist, 23 114 176, 182 201, 207, 251 331 News of the World, 132-3, 180-82, 246 Newsweek, 22, 63, 64 New York Times, 83 Nicholson, Jack, 81 Nightingale, Anne, 181 Nightingale, Maxine, 108 Oerter, Alfred, 228 Oked, Yitzhak, 132 Oliveira, lose Carlos, 78, 232 Omni, 234 O'Regan, Brendan, 331 Osis, Karlis, 286-7 Owen, A.R.G., 21 Owen, David, 215 Pacific Stars awl Stripes, 143 Pai, Nurit, 242 Palladino, Eusapia, 240, 350 Panati, Charles, 22, 147 The Geller Papers, 22, 139, 148, 204 206,241 Paraguay, 75 Parapsychological Association, 134 Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), 31, 54 Pauli, Wolfgang, 294 Peled, Dalia, 132 Peres, Shimon, 242, 243 Perlman, Itzhak, 191, 340 Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), 60, 66 Pheromones, 122 Physics Today, 182 Pickens, T. Boone, 145 Piel, Gerard, 261 PK party, 297-302 Playfair, Guy Lyon Geller effects witnessed by, 1115 308-25 early interest in Geller, 15, 249-52 Brazil, 249

Bulgaria, 270-71 Czechoslovakia, 271 Poland, 271 jury service, 327-8, 329-30 If This Be Magic, 285, 297, 337 The Flying Cow, 249 The Haunted Pub Guide., 321 The Indefinite Boundary, 249 PM Magazine, 235, 278 Poland, 271 Popular Photography, 182 Porter, Henry, 279 Prayer, 349-50 Pressman, Zev, 277-8 Price, E. Alan, 21, 22 Price, Harry, 18 Project Alpha, 264, 265 Project Grill Flame, 342 Project ROTSUC, 266 Psychic, 249-50, 334 Psychic Criminology (Hibbard Worring), 287 Psychic News, 348 Puharich, Andrija, 139, 185, 215, 331 discovers Geller, 20 as inventor, 114, 247-8 hypnotism, 248, 338-40 The Nine, 248, 339 Brazilian banknote episode, 250-52 Beyond Telepathy, 247 The Sacred Mushroom, 247 Uri, 120, 225, 247-8, 338-9 Puthoff, Harold research at SRI, 20, 133-5, 137, 148, 230, 244, 261, 273, 276, 342 letter to Piel, 261 Ingo Swann, 282-3, 288-91 at Leesburg symposium, 283-4 See also Mind-Reach Puysegur, Marquis de, 302 Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, 58 Rader, Dotson, 231 Randi, James, 24, 234-5, 239-40, 245, 251, 257, 260, 261, 264, 277-8, 330 Flim-F1am, 277 The Magic of Uri Geller, 24, 240, 245, 251, 277 The Truth About Uri Geller, 24 Rawlins, Dennis 263, 268 Reader's Digest, 279

Reagan, Ronald, 343 Renaissance, 100 Rhine' J.B. 268, 276 Rio Tinto-Zinc Corporation, 60, 62, 340 Robertson, Ron, 153 Robinson, James, 145 Roland Rat, 125 Ron, Benjamin, 135 Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 287 Royal Garden Hotel, 255 Rubinstein, Amnon, 203-4, 341 Rydges, 182 Sabreliner, 42-3 Sadat, Anwar, 223, 343 Sagan, Carl, 240, 262 Sakata, Toshibumi, 140-44 Santos-Dumont, A., 227 Sasakawa, Ryoichi, 155 Schachnaey, Ronai, 195 Schmidt, Helmut, 292 Schneider, Rudi, 240, 350 Schwartz, Stephan, 285-6 Science Digest, 182 Science News, 182 Scientific American, 135, 240, 260, 261 Seed sprouting, 125, 143 Serrano, Jorge Diaz, 60, 64-6, 206 Seven Stars Inn (Robertsbridge), 321 Shalem, Danny, 191, 195 Shaw, Steve, 264, 265 Shevchenko, Arkady, 99 Shields, Brooke, 220 Shtrang, Hanna, 85, 86, 114, 186, 90, 191, 308, 314 Shtrang, Shipi, 30, 42 54, 59, 79, 90, 104, 108-9, 114, 130, 166, 218, 316-17, 324 first meets Geller, 19, 308 allegations against, 88, 114, 207 Sinclair, Upton, 288 Skeptical Inquirer, 207, 262, 264 Soal, S.G., 276 Society for Promoting the Art of Magic (Israel), 195 Society for Psychical Research, 216, 251, 276, 287, 289 Society of American Magicians, 239 Solan, 201 Solomon Islands, 162-7

Peter. 245 Taylor. Alfredo. 75 Sugano. 336 Targ. 166 Strickland. 20. 153. 248 Thoelke. 322. 137-8. Nikola.The World's Weirdest Newspaper Stories. 241 Templegate. 137-8. 289-90 SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute). 346 Soviet Union. 190-92 Sterling. 291. 282. Roger. 339 Tesla. Harry.61. 169 Swann. 272 Sperry. Der. 54-5 Soviet Embassy (Pyongyang). John G. Doris. Peter. 233. 225. 283.46. 342 Sweden. Dennis. 214 Terra Santa College (Nicosia). 342 Stanford University. 124. 342 Soviet Consulate (New York). 300. 289 Star 177-8. Russell research at SRI. Soviet Academy of Sciences. 162-5. 214 Thomas Dennis. 246. 182 Spoonbender. 81. 273. 167 Sputnik. see Berkowitz. 244. 282. 330 Stokes.114. 288 91. 265-6. 230. 20 Strange But True. 198. 117-19 Sydney Morning Herald. 292 Stroessner. 284. 305-6. 190-92. 276-7. 45. D. 241 Science and the Supernatural. 234 Sunday Times. 282-3. 284 Spiegel. 21. 340 Stillings. 279 Sun Myung Moon.'Son of Sam'. 176 . 342. 270. 261 alleged denunciation of Geller 204 See also Mind-Reach Tavor. Wim. 228 Squid magnetometer. 214 Sunday Sun. 216 Stone.133-5. 143 Sun. 98 . 189 Sterling. 205. 147.9 Soviet Embassy (Mexico City). Ingo. 276-7. 133-5. 20. Eli. Frank. 47. 230. 285. 166 Symbiosis. Merlene. 148. 174 Soviet Union. 291.. 342 letter to Piel.

248 Triad Group. 270 United Nations Parapsychology Society. 155 World Medicine. 239. 227 Young. 180-82 Wilhelm. 153 The Search for Superman. 169 Worrall. 20. 99-100 Uri Awards for Parapsychology. John. 247 Vaughan. 212 Wall Street Journal. 260-62 Wilson. 22 Young Presidents Organisation. 123 US Drug Enforcement Agency. Rene. Robert. 260. 132. 135-7.. Alan. 275. 264 Uri Geller.H. Aharon. 249 Vinod. 247 The Geller Phenomenon. Lynn. Pinchas. 162-6 Zetetic Scholar 263 Zorka. 261. The. 249. Jimmy. 338.E. 256 Worring. R. 25.. 217 Truzzi. 262. 144-7 Yariv. 188 Wood. 134 Van Vogt. 167 Uri Geller: Fup eller Fakta? (Leslie). 135. 339 Virgin Airlines. 201 World Religious Unification Mission. C. 201.. 330 Zukerman. Colin. 269 Times. 234 Townshend. 97 Van de Castle. 244 Zanex Ltd. A. Donald. 253-6 Uri Geller's Strike. 263.Thorndike. 182 Wang (UK) Ltd. 191 Toronto Sun. Dr. 191 . 188. Marcello. 305 Woodcock. 287 Wright brothers. 144 Warcollier. 234 World Health Organisation. 25. 256 Today's Health. John. Ezer. Stuart.W. 132. 240. 344 Time. 182 Topol. 200 White. 108 Uri Geller Associates. 288 Weissman. Connie. Arthur 256-9. 117.

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